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A touch of exotic Moroccan style and food

Morocco and a touch of exotic Moroccan style and food is a dream come true for me. Another culture, close to my heart simultaneously, travel inspiration led to many ideas, which I use in my design work every day.

Morocco completely transformed my perception of the Arab world and made me fall in love at first sight. The warmth with which the Moroccans welcome, the comfort they create when visiting is unforgettable.

I often use Moroccan details in my interiors, and the goal is just the same – to create warmth, cosiness, and inner comfort.

If there’s one trend I’ve seen over the last few years that touches almost every aspect of design (home decor and beyond), it’s Moroccan-inspired decor. This trend feels like a mix of rustic and modern, especially with the new materials to create an attractive, exotic, bohemian atmosphere.

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Moroccan style in home interiors is regaining its former glory as one of the most popular trends in interior design this season.

Until recently, it was used mainly as an inspiration for architectural purposes. This year its warmth, pronounced texture, and intricate patterns are the dominant features of home decor. If you like this kind of aesthetics, it is worth mentioning that you can quickly transform your interior inspired by Morocco, even if you have a modest budget.

If you want to bring a touch of exotic Moroccan style into your own home, keep reading!

I will also share seven unusual souvenirs you can buy in Morocco and seven MOROCCAN FOODS, WHICH YOU MUST TRY!

I start with the individual rooms of the home and suggestions for renovation.

∞ The Living room Moroccan styleMoroccan styleMoroccan styleMoroccan style>

The main feature of the Moroccan interior includes bright colours such as red, blue, orange, and green mixed with gold.

Also, carved furniture is part of this exciting style. However, not everyone can replace all the items. So, if you can’t find a carved table even at flea markets, focus on other details. Creating accent walls with contrasting paint or wallpaper with Moroccan patterns can change the space. Rearrange the pouffes and floor cushions around your coffee table and sofa to give a Moroccan mood to your living room. In addition, various accessories, such as textured vases and exotic figurines, would fit perfectly into this type of interior. A carpet inspired by Morocco is also an excellent detail that will transform the feeling of your living room. Do you want to make your space warmly cosier? A rug is a good option, but why stop at one when you can put three? Layers of carpets with different textures, patterns, and colours create a great, eclectic, Moroccan mood.

The Bedroom  Moroccan styleMoroccan styleMoroccan styleMoroccan style

You may think that there are not many things you can do in your bedroom. However, even if you can’t change your bed with a brand new one, like the Moroccan ones, you can use bed duvet covers with exotic patterns and matching pillowcases to achieve the desired effect. Moreover, you can shape your wooden wardrobes and cabinets by adding self-adhesive wallpaper to their doors. The combination of bold Moroccan patterns and natural wood works uniquely great together.

Again, use gold and textured pots to add a touch of Moroccan feeling.

Also, you can lay carpets and floor pillows in the same style if you want to fill your bedroom with Moroccan details.

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There are many steps you can do in your kitchen. For example, make the back strip of the wall between the lower and upper kitchen cabinets with the same Moroccan-inspired vinyl wallpaper or tile. Tiles can be enough to achieve a whole new vision. Practically, you don’t have to bother changing your built-in cabinets and dining tables. Just place a decorative metal (preferably gold) oval plate as a centrepiece on your dining table. When you add some exotic fruits, you will see the change.

If you like it, you can include other metal details to emphasize the Moroccan design.

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In essence, the Moroccan style, rich in vibrant colours and metallic elements, is always more captivating when combined with natural ingredients such as wood and stone.

Therefore, this trend can improve the appearance of any bathroom. For example, Moroccan-inspired bathroom tiles to well-made stone bathrooms, wooden cabinets, and mirror frames can scatter this space. Of course, you can modify your bathroom even more by choosing some interestingly carved metal pans that can hold the essential things in your bathroom. Moroccan decor has this carefree way to blend in with almost any style already present in your home. Whether you decide to decorate the whole room in Moroccan decor or just details, this is a beautiful way to attract attention in any space.

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The style of lighting is one of the main elements in the Moroccan interior.

In principle, you can give a practical lighting solution to this particular style in any homeroom. First, add a Moroccan metal lamp or lantern. Metal perforated or pierced sheet metal lamps are another classic element of the decor observed in Morocco. Whether they are copper, brass or plain punched metal; these lighting fixtures are sure to bring a touch of magic to the room. In general, you can find suitable lanterns or even achieve an exotic look without even changing your original lighting at home.

Do not start to redecorate your whole home to get a Moroccan-inspired interior design.

The mix of modern and exotic items is the key to this trend. In this regard, boldly jazz up your modern interior with spectacular details, such as lanterns, carpets, pillows, plates, pots, figurines, and other accessories. Moreover, you can easily create a Moroccan atmosphere by decorating your walls with wallpaper, paints, and tiles. Want a way to bring a sense of dramatic mood to your bohemian décor? Incorporating Moroccan decor can be simple by placing lanterns, patterns, and sophisticated accents that give a global sense of this style and are full of colour and texture. You can combine this style with your existing decor, and it is undoubtedly a way to attract the eyes and hearts of every guest who enters your home.

Seven unusual practical souvenirs to buy from Morocco

  • Aker Fassi

The souks in every Moroccan city are full of vivid, colourful objects.

So why not beautify yourself a little? Look for these little terracotta figurines in the shape of a tagine. Aker Fassi is a natural cosmetic. Usually making it from dried poppy leaves and pomegranate seeds. Berber women traditionally use it as lipstick or blush. All you have to do is moistened your fingers a little and rub the surface. You can then transfer the colour of your face wherever you want. If you’re going to keep your lips hydrated, you can mix them with a bit of argan oil. This combination may be of particular interest to all vegan travellers, as it does not contain animal products.

  • Argan oil

Produced in nearby Essaouira, the only place in the world where argan trees grow, argan oil are a hot commodity and a sought-after purchase. However, be careful with the quality because not all oils are prepared at the same or quality level. See the selection of MOROCCANOIL for the best choice.

  • Berber toothpicks

I’m sure you’ve come across the Berber toothpicks in the first photo below into any of the souks in Morocco. But, if you’ve ever wondered what they are, let me solve the mystery for you: toothpicks. This bushel is the dried inner part of the Ammi Visnaga plant. Cultivated in the Nile Delta plant, but toothpicks have been part of Berber culture.

  • Clay scrubbers for feet

Another unusual item you may see is the Moroccan style version of a foot brush.

Are your legs cracked after going sightseeing? Clay scrubbers with ornate functional design. So why not please yourself with a mini spa at home? You can also rest assured that you have bought an utterly natural souvenir.

  • Alum

It is challenging not to notice the large white pieces in the photo in the souks. Among all the shades of brown, the distinct colour stands out. The item in question is an “alum”-chemical compound, but as “potassium alum,” many cosmetic usages are deodorant. It slows down the growth of bacteria responsible for body odour. People also often use the as an aftershave, as it has an astringent effect, preventing bleeding from minor cuts when shaving. Natural product!

  • Perfume

Another way to feel a fresh and clean scent is to apply one of the many small coloured cubes sold in these spice markets. They are perfume blocks made of natural resins, such as sandalwood, amber, musk, etc. Rub them in your wrists or behind your ear, and you’re done! And let me tell you, they smell amazing! And another big plus is that they do not contain any chemicals and any animal products. Natural, vegan and delicious … You will never want anything else!

  • Babouche

These babouche slippers made of suede or Moroccan carpet threads are a traditional souvenir decorated with sequins.

Round or sharp fingers, you could shop like Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City 2” in the sea of ​​slippers, where the selection is truly endless.

What is your favourite? Share your thoughts and photos!

Let’s continue with:

7 MOROCCAN FOODS YOU SHOULD TRY IN MOROCCO

Morocco was full of flavours that were new to me. Here is a list of seven Moroccan foods that I think are worth trying while visiting Morocco (depending on how adventurous you approach food). Moroccan dishes are influenced by Berber, Jewish, Arabic, and French cultures.

While in Morocco, I ate a few tajines in different places. Tagine is a clay cooking vessel with a conical lid for preparing many dishes over low heat (beef, lamb, chicken, vegetables, etc.). It is generally either meat or fish prepared with vegetables and spices. I felt that there was turmeric in most of the dishes, as they were yellow-yellow. Also, of course, you can skip the meat and fish and get a vegetable tajine! You could find it practically everywhere, at roadside stops, cafes, and in more excellent restaurants. Want to try it at home? Does anyone have a good recipe?

  • COUSCOUS (NATIONAL DISH OF MOROCCO)

Ah, couscous – if you went to Morocco and didn’t try couscous at least once, what were you doing there?! In every city I visited in Morocco, I tried couscous, the most filling dish on the list. Couscous originates from Morocco and is usually served with meat or vegetable stew. Traditionally in the Muslim world, couscous is prepared on their day (Friday) and for special occasions, but you can find it in most restaurants and cafes in general.

  • HARIRA

Harira is my favourite Moroccan dish on this whole list made with tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, and a classic dish for Ramadan. It is wonderfully delicious seasoned with coriander.

  • SNAIL SOUP

Snail soup, hey! I was lucky to receive a ticket for one of the evening food tours in Marrakech, and it was one of the Moroccan dishes I tried. I liked it a lot. Use a toothpick to eat the snail pieces from the shell and sip from the broth. It’s pretty salty, just a warning! I love trying different flavours.

  • BROCHETTES

These delicious kebabs are rubbed with salt and spices. You can take chicken, lamb, or beef to taste in many markets, and the enormous clouds of smoke are great for attractive photos.

  • CRISPY BREAD KHOBZ

Of all the types of bread I tried in Morocco (which were many), I liked Khobz the most – it is a flat, round loaf, and you will see it everywhere, performed in almost all restaurants, and you will see that ordinary stalls have piles of it. They shared this crispy bread in parts of wood ovens and served it with many dishes. Be sure to try all the other pieces of bread in Morocco, such as crumb (greasy bread), rghaif (flaky flatbread), or bagira (mushroom crumbs).

  • BRIWAT OR BRIOUATS

It is a sin to leave Morocco without trying some of these delicious sweets! Briwat is a fried dough, triangular in shape, full of almonds.

And…You can’t forget to drink mint tea in Morocco!  A consideration of hospitability is pouring a cup of mint tea when you arrive, so most accommodations were waiting for us with tea. Everyone has their version of mint tea-based green tea with lots of mint leaves and sugar.

Oranges are everywhere in Morocco, so grab freshly squeezed orange juice while you’re out! I have not met sweeter oranges than Moroccan!

Enjoy the adventure and take an Imodium with you for more sensitive stomachs!😊

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