Moroccan Design


I have been dreaming of traveling to Morocco for many years. I recently went there and my expectations were surpassed. Traveling has always fed my soul emotionally and creatively.

In Morocco almost all buildings, whether residential or commercial, are painted the same color and most are made from the earth. The newer structures are constructed with concrete but still remain painted a natural earth color. Near the coast, however, you may see a few buildings painted white. Except for the front door, there is very little architectural or design detail in the buildings. Doors provide ornamentation and are a key architectural detail. The front entrances can oftentimes be large and oversized. In the medina not all of the front doors fully open, sometimes one must bend down to enter. Adornments that are used are large exposed hinges, metal studs, various styles of door knobs (which are not alway placed on the side), color, fabric, door knockers and metal detailing. If the door is painted Moroccan or Marjolle Blue, or if it has the horseshoe shape around the perimeter, it is believed to protect the household from the evil eye. No matter what the home owners economic situation is, they always show their creativity and personal style with their front entrance.

DSC00114 DSC00115 DSC00116 DSC00117 DSC00135 DSC00139 DSC00222 DSC00236 DSC00257 DSC00431 DSC00562 DSC00567 DSC00571 DSC01061 DSC01068 DSC01204 DSC01283 DSC01289DSC01296 DSC01306 DSC01346 DSC01434 DSC01443 DSC01487 DSC01490 DSC01493 DSC01495 DSC01500 DSC01503 DSC01504 DSC01507 DSC01508 DSC01509 DSC01512 DSC01516 DSC01518 DSC01525 DSC01543 DSC01544 DSC01547 DSC01549 DSC01550 DSC01551 DSC01555 DSC01557 DSC01565 DSC01566 DSC01567 DSC01571 DSC01572 DSC01574 DSC01575 DSC01581 DSC01583 IMG_4683 IMG_5031 IMG_5032

More posts on Morocco to follow shortly. Of course, there will be a post on what is behind these doors.



One response to “Moroccan Design

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s