Morocco is the paradise of handmade Crafts!
Morocco is definitely a craftsmanship country with excellence.
handmade crafts are one of the main traditional heritage that shows of the variety and uniqueness of Moroccan culture.
The manufacturing of Moroccan artisan products has passed from generation to generation, with great care, leaving us pieces of super beauty.
In the following lines we take you in a wonderful journey into the fabulous universe of Moroccan craftsmanship.
We would like to point out that pottery, leather goods, basketry, embroidery, carpet weaving and jewelry stand out
And without a doubt, you will find the best pottery samples in Marrakech, Fez and Safi.
All this, with the picturesque and captivating atmosphere of the souk as a frame.
The souks in Morocco are a fundamental part of popular life
This term means ‘market’, although it actually goes much further: it is a commercial crossroads that also serves as a meeting place for local people.
There are two main types of souks: rural markets and urban markets.
The souks of Morocco usually group their craft products by guilds, under the authority of a provost.
Some examples of these special souks or guilds are silk sellers, jewelers, carpet and tapestry sellers, sellers of copper objects… and much more.
And each guild must respect rules that cannot be skipped.
The importance of the Moroccan souks depends on the region, the clientele they attract and the production areas that supply them.
Generally, the rural souks are located on a busy communication route or at a crossroads at the top of an important port.
Wherever you are, you will always find a souk, whether permanent or weekly.
And the good news is that the picturesque will not have an impact on prices:
their products will keep local prices, although you will always have to be attentive and take out your negotiating skills by haggling.
Tamegroute pottery: the art of Moroccan handmade crafts :
In Morocco, home crafts are highly developed.
Although, for the locals, pottery with its genuine works of art in clay, they are still to this day used as everyday objects.
They are usually decorated with fabulous geometric or symbolic designs and figures.
Fez is absolutely the pioneering city in this technique, where you find blue ceramics are mainly worked.
The city of Safi is not far behind, as this place is the natural heiress of the former, although its amazing works are dominated by green, yellow and brown.
While on the other hand, you will find samples in rough glazed or enameled clay in cities such as Taroudant, Meknes, Azemmour and Rabat.
In Marrakech, this type of craftmanship is also mastered in a unique way of manufacturing that give birth to tamegroute pottery under the instructions of the master craftsmen.
On tamegroute pottery, there is a particular shade of green used in the pottery of this region and characterized by its glossy glaze drips.
The green pottery is unique to Tamegroute products, which can vary with some pieces being brighter (yellow) or darker,
the formula to make this fabulous pottery is a closely guarded secret.
Designed and made in Marrakech’s region using an ancient technique which stays unchanged trough the different generations.
Each piece is specific with its very own marks and textures which are created in the course of the firing process.
And the three marks which seem on every piece of pottery are a good instance of this.
However, this kind of Moroccan crafts is widespread everywhere in the country and each area produces its personal unique kind of poetry.
All the raw materials needed to create such awesome pottery products are sourced by the artisans from nature.
Clay is gathered from close by palm groves by digging deep holes in the ground up to ten meters deep.
in addition, Palm tree branches are generally used as fuel for the stove.
The signature green glaze includes a high percentage of manganese, silica, cobalt, a touch of copper, barley flour, and a specific kind of rock located in local mines a few hundred kilometers away.
The concoction is mixed with water in a large basin and left to thicken for approximately a week.
But, undoubtedly, it is the firing technique that’s been thought to be the key to the multishade green color which has yet to be replicated elsewhere.
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Moroccan Rugs: a widespread Moroccan handicraft
The crafting of Moroccan rugs can be determined by their possible use and the place where they will be placed.
In particular, this aspect will influence the composition and the size of the product, which is defined by the number of knots and its weave.
The culture and traditions within each Moroccan community are very different from one region to another.
That’s why a Moroccan Rug, depending on the region’s traditions, can have many different styles, weaving techniques and color palette.
On the one hand, there are farmer carpets and, on the other, city carpets. The so-called peasant or Berber rugs, with geometric motifs, are more coarse but more colorful.
Types of Moroccan Rugs :
Beni Ourain rugs: The most desired!
These rugs are native to the Beni Ourain people of the Atlas Mountains.
Traditionally, Beni Ourain rugs are neutral in color with geometric brown or black lines.
These Moroccan rugs were not crafted for a decorative purpose.
Actually, they were used back in the day to cover the ground and to protect against harsh winters in the highlands and cold regions of northern Morocco.
Unlike in the Atlas, in lower regions with milder climates, Beni Ourain rugs were generally used as mats or to cover chairs, making them smaller and lighter.
In the cold northern regions, Cotton was rarely used, Rugs were almost always entirely hand-woven with 100% natural sheep wool.
However, in the warmer regions of the south, women used cotton as a base, while the knots of the carpet were made of wool.
Beni Ourain Rugs they fit very well almost with any type of home decoration;
whether in a Nordic, modern, vintage or a rustic decoration, today, Beni Ourain carpets are very popular among most interior designers.
In fact, this type of handmade products is the most required.
A Mrirt rug : for a wonderful experience :
A Mrirt rug is special one by its use of high-quality wool and particular double knotting technique .
Moroccan Mrirt rugs are dense in terms of texture, with a weight all of its own.
For that, it’s going to bring definitely a warm and comfortable experience to any home with this statement piece.
These Moroccan rugs are characterized by the use of geometric and symmetrical shapes such as small square shapes and the Chevron, based on original themes used in traditional wool rugs.
Moroccan Flat weave rugs : Moroccan artisan product for a remarkable decoration :
Moroccan flat weave rugs are more casual, light and relaxed than their pile counter parts
Our monochrome ‘seismic’ pattern is a trendy take on this traditional floor coving.
Moroccan flat weave rugs are woven by the women to fit with any home use.
In addition, they are made of 100% wool with cotton warp threads, alternating patterns based on different knotting techniques.
This what gives them that flat surface and makes it the perfect under table rug for an outstanding home decoration.
In fact, this process of making Moroccan crafts has been handed down from mother to daughter for generations.
Dari collection : the best Moroccan handmade products for your home decoration:
Inside the Moroccan decoration, if there is an object that takes all the prominence, that is the Moroccan handmade craftsmanship products.
Dari collection offer you a variety of Moroccan artisan products for a fascinating home decoration.
Moroccan rugs, tamegroute pottery, Moroccan blankets, Moroccan poufs, Moroccan cushions, leather goods…
You will find all the moroccan handmade crafts needed in Dari Collection store .
Dari Collection offer you the best Moroccan handmade products to bring some Moroccan flavor to your house.