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Arts and Crafts – Embroidery and Weaving

At the heart of Morocco’s vibrant handicraft culture is the essentially feminine art form of embroidery on silk, cotton and linen earning a well-deserved reputation for decorative textiles since the time of the Roman conquest of North Africa. The more refined art of weaving appeared in Morocco in 14th century A.D., when, from that time on, textiles from an extensive range of materials of sheep or goat wool and imported…

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Arts and Crafts – Ceramics and Pottery

Pottery is one of the first handcrafted activities of humanity; a utilitarian art and craft born of necessity more than 3500 years ago to become an outstanding and subtle art form. When Fes potters, who had been trained by masters coming from Al-Andalusia (Spain & Portugal) in the 9th century, refined their technique to create an elaborate sense of ornamentation combining the Berber heritage with the Hispano-Moresque influence, they were…

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Arts and Crafts – Jewelry

The Berbers or Imazighen (‘Free people’; plural of Amazigh) are the original inhabitants of North Africa. They speak a number of related languages and share a common cultural heritage. Most Berbers nowadays live in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. The development of the Berber or Amazigh culture has largely taken place in Morocco, as a result of their forming a large part of the population (about 50%).…

Arts and Crafts – Rugs

The carpets from Morocco, date back to the Paleolithic era and since then have been woven primarily for necessity and practical use rather than use as a decorative object. Rural productions of rugs from Morocco are notable for their abstract, primitively modern designs which are wonderfully unique compared to the more elegant and sophisticated Persian rugs. The Beni Ourain tribe wove rugs that are typically colored with neutral hues, such as…