Nestled between Europe and Africa, the Atlantic and Mediterranean, Morocco is a country of mixing cultures and sensibilities, leading to a unique and often eclectic design style. Moroccan architecture, interior decoration and decor products are an imaginative blend of African, Mediterranean, and Arab styles. The architecture also takes advantage of the mild climate with things like open air courtyards, fountains, whitewashed or white plaster walls.
Moroccan Architecture and Design has a heavy influence from Spain. The Berber Almoravid dynasty sent Spanish artisans to Morocco where they introduced the graceful arches and lofty domes, along with white walls.
horseshoe or keyhole Arches
Arches have been used in Moroccan Architecture for centuries. Many homes in the medinas (old cities) are over 1,000 years old. Back then people were smaller, and the alleyways and entrances were narrower. The horseshoe arch was commonly used in Moorish design. They are also called keyhole arches.
ornate Hand carved wood doors
Paired with these arches are the trademark Moroccan wood doors. To travel thru Morocco is to pass one door at a time. The secret lives in a Moroccan Home, and doors are a gateway to another world–a private world.
Moroccan wood doors are ordained with Moorish style geometrical motifs, and sometimes even Jewish motifs, evoking centuries of history. The Hispano-Moorish architectural style of Morocco’s doors originated in Spain (Andalusia).
Metal: metal door knockers and ornate metal hinges are trademarks of Moroccan doors.
Colors: The doors are painted in a variety of hues such as canary yellow and Majorelle blue.
The magic of Morocco is found in many ornate details and one is the hand made ceramic tiles.
Moroccan Tiles are used throughout Morocco on floors, walls, stairs, water fountains, and even ceilings. They are handmade earthenware tiles that have irregular edges making each one unique. You can purchase our environmentally made Moroccan Tiles here.