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What Is Moroccan Fabric and How Can You Use It in the Home?

Think Morocco and your mind might conjure images of bustling souks, colourful laneways and ornately-patterned fabrics. As such, the Moroccan interior style is a coveted one.

The North African country is, today, a melting pot of cultures. The vibrant architecture, art and textiles for which it is famous takes influence from the Middle East and Europe as well as its own native tribes.

Introducing Moroccan fabrics (or fabrics inspired by the country) along with North African-style furniture to your home can help you create bohemian living quarters that feel relaxed and look beautiful.

What are Moroccan fabrics?

What are Moroccan fabrics?

Morocco is known for its visual arts, particularly its decorative fabrics. The production of fabrics and cloth is a respected art form that dates back hundreds of years. 

Originally, the native Berber tribes produced their own fabrics which were influenced by other nearby Arab cultures. 

Textile production in Morocco was traditionally reserved for women. It was, and still is, an art form passed down through different generations of women who learn at a young age and continue to practise throughout their lives.

What are Moroccan Berber fabrics?

What are Moroccan Berber fabrics?

Berber fabrics are textiles made by the Berbers, a group of native Moroccan tribes from the Atlas Mountains. These nomadic groups hand weave fabrics from wool that feature delicate, embroidered patterns and sometimes sequins or fringing.

The styles and use of colour vary depending on the tribe, but all share similar purposes. If these embroidered fabrics are not sold at souks, then they are presented as special gifts at important life events such as births, deaths and marriage.

What are the characteristics of Moroccan fabrics?

What are the characteristics of Moroccan fabrics?

Moroccan, or Moroccan-style fabrics tend to feature ornate designs. The hallmarks are repeated shapes and patterns, and also symmetry. In Moroccan culture, there is superstition around specific shapes and so they may be used repeatedly in fabric for good luck or to represent certain values.

Moroccan fabrics are also distinguishable by their intricate needlework. These textiles are embroidered in a highly decorative way with geometric shapes sewn directly into the cloth.

How to incorporate Moroccan decor into your home

How to incorporate Moroccan decor into your home

When it comes to Moroccan-inspired interior style, intricate patterns on fabrics and varying textures are key. It’s a style that encourages mixing and matching, so you can be unrestricted in your choices.  

Use sumptuous, woven Moroccan fabrics like our Marrakech fabric in ruby to re-cover a sofa or as a pair of curtains. With a Martindale rub test score of 24,000, it’s hard-wearing and perfect for frequently-used items of furniture (like chairs or sofas).  

You can still create a Moroccan-inspired room with neutral tones too. A pale but richly patterned fabric is perfect if you prefer a muted colour scheme with more of a subtle nod to Moroccan culture. 

If re-covering furniture or hanging new curtains isn’t an option, add decorative furniture elements synonymous with Morocco like patterned pouffes, hanging lamps, ornate room dividers or vibrant rugs.

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