COOL: Moroccan decor is rooted in Moorish architecture. Picture: Max Pixel
COOL: Moroccan decor is rooted in Moorish architecture. Picture: Max Pixel
Portugal Flower Tagine from Poetry
Portugal Flower Tagine from Poetry
Geometric coffee table from Weylandts. Picture: Supplied
Geometric coffee table from Weylandts. Picture: Supplied

Exotic and bright, Moroccan decor trends are staging a comeback, writes Marchelle Abrahams.

Cool, calming colours are making a resurgence in the decor world as we move into the warmer months of summer. Blue, a colour associated with tranquility and calmness, has always been a constant in decor trends.

And now the tone is being incorporated into Moroccan trends.

It’s not hard to see why: bold, moody or soft, local retailers are blending the colour into their new product ranges, which is in vogue and in line with international trends.

Even Moroccan textiles are having a huge moment. Remember pom-pom blankets?

According to apartmenttherapy.com, the blankets, usually used on beds and couches for a bohemian look, add enough of that “anything goes” look.

Traditionally made for colder climates, makers have now replaced the heavy wool with lighter fabrics for going into the summer days.

Aussie decor specialists April & Oak notes a list of four rules to follow when using the Moroccan theme as a timeless decor scheme.

Play with interesting shapes

Weylandts has a large selection of Moroccan-inspired pieces, like their Batasha Amber Lamp (R22 995). Made of iron and glass, it adds a boho chic look to any room in the home.

Their geometric coffee table (R9 995) is an unusual take on the traditional Moroccan kasbah table with its antique finish.

Batasha Amber lamp, Weylandts. Picture: Supplied

Metallics are a must

Metallics can be utilized in a range of ways, from lighting fixtures to homeware accessories. “You can balance silver metals like aluminium and steel with the warmer colours of copper and brass. Metals can be utilised for a range of items,” April & Oak mentions on their blog.

@Home’s Moroccan Gold Printed tumbler (R55) is perfect for serving refreshing summer cocktails while entertaining outside.

Let in the light

An essential element of any Moroccan-styled home, lanterns create a warm atmosphere and make any room seem cosy and inviting. Superbalist’s Neva Moroccan lantern (R499) features a brass outer and precision cut glass fillers with a hook around the top for carrying. 

“It’s great for use as a centrepiece or gifting to friends and family, the geometric lantern is both aesthetically pleasing and functional too,” according to the website.

Soften with authentic rugs

Comfort is always king. Patterned rugs and textiles are great for softening a room. It also presents the perfect opportunity to play with different textures for that luxurious look and feel.

Weylandts’ Moroccan Griffin Carpet (R11 995) is textured handloom knotted pile in a Moroccan tile design. The contemporary pattern is a bold step away from the traditional types one normally associates with Moroccan rugs.

Last word on homeware

When it comes to homeware, Moroccan blues, when inspired by the Mediterranean, are great for al-fresco dining. @home has a large selection of selection of serving bowls and plates. Their Moroccan ceramic coasters (R199 for set of 4) and sushi platter (R110) bring bold, blue accents into your home without overpowering it.

If you can't travel, bring the mediterranean home and enjoy al fresco inspired dining. #moodyblues #spring2017

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Poetry’s latest edition to its homeware line includes the Lagos Tagine (R350-R399) and Portugal Flower Tagine (R299). “The unique glazed earthernware vessel has a distinctive conical lid. It's perfect for cooking delicious Moroccan dishes and boasts a striking blue, hand painted finish,” Poetry describes on its website.


Useful links:
Weylandts: www.weylandts.co.za
@home: www.home.co.za/home
Superbalist: superbalist.com/browse/apartment/art-decor
Poetry homeware: www.poetrystores.co.za