1 Moroccan Slippers (Baboush) / 2 Tea Cups / 3 Beni Ourain Rug / 4 Berber Style Pillow / 5 Berber Style Pouf
6 Copper Lanterns / 7 Ceramic Tagine
Our decision to go to Morocco for our honeymoon was first met with surprise and confusion. Most often the response we heard was “…why Morocco?”.
Nearly two years later after a huge boom of Moroccan goods in interior design, when people learn of our honeymoon to Morocco they now respond with “Ohh the poufs! The rugs!”.
Yes the poufs…the rugs…they were magnificent.
I must admit I’m sad I didn’t bring back more (especially argan oil!) but am immensely happy with what we did select, and am, to this day, constantly drawn to moroccan artifacts.
Below are some images from our honeymoon that inspired the above finds. Sincere apologies for the watermarks. These images are personal and immensely important to me. I don’t want them to get lost in the interweb or taken without credit.
Meeting and watching the makers behind these beautiful Moroccan goods was beyond inspiring. The first woman is an apprentice, tracing lines her master drew onto pottery that is to be painted and fired. She will trace her master’s work until she is confident enough to draw her own lines – a skill that takes an incredible amount of time to master. The woman at the rug loom works her nimble yet strong fingers to pull the wool through the strings, creating designs completely from memory. Due to the fine motor skills in this task, it is considered a woman’s job while men operate the heavy looms to weave silk scarves.
Moroccan goods are hot right now and all sorts of popular shops are offering moroccan inspired rugs, especially the beni ourain variety. While I’m not opposed to people buying knock offs as the real deal are usually vastly unaffordable, it is far more satisfying to own something with a history, that is handmade, and comes from its origins rather than from a factory. So I’m going to give you a little tip – hunt.
Go to auctions, search antique shops, and best of all, search used sites like craigslist. That is where I found my 9×15 ft vintage beni ourain rug for an insanely cheap price.
Yes, I lucked out. The sellers were an elderly couple who bought it at an auction only to find it didn’t fit in their home. It doesn’t fit in ours either but we were determined to make it work.
So friends, if you have the patience and the willingness to hunt around, you never know just how lucky you might get.
Are you a fan of moroccan items?
And just how lucky have you been hunting for a beauty for your home?
If you remember from way back when
, we made seed balls (or seed bombs) as our wedding favours. They’re such a great way to pack a tiny nugget of soil and clay full of seeds ready to burst out in full bloom! And with spring finally here and today being earth day (hooray!) it’s the perfect time to get your hands dirty.
All you need is soil, clay and seeds. Roll into balls, let them dry, and pop them into your garden. You could also put them in a little box and give them as a gift for your gardening friend.
Head over to Used Everywhere
for the full DIY details.
What are you planting this year?
DIY Nest Placecards from The Proper Pinwheel / Floral Eggs from The Hunted Interior / Gold leaf eggs from Little Inspiration / Fringe Bellyband egg from House of Earnest
Glitter easter eggs from The Girl Inspired
You can breathe a sigh of relief. It’s the easter long weekend! Congratulations for making it this far.
(Did anyone else really need this break?)
In case you’re feeling like making some (more) easter eggs this weekend, the above are my favourite 5 for the year. I must admit, they’re all pretty feminine. I’m all about those soft pretty colours right now.
And in case you want more egg decorating, have you checked out these easter eggs crafts from yours truly? (You might not be able to make the easter egg advent calendar – but confetti filled eggs are fun any time!)
I’m heading off today for an easter weekend away with friends on a nearby gulf island
, so I will be taking a wee bit of a holiday and won’t be back here until Tuesday.
What are your easter weekend plans?
Whatever the plans, sending you amazing weekend wishes full of easter bunny chocolate.
Chat with you on Tuesday!
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