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Moroccan Art & Music

When you visit Morocco’s souks (markets), you will see an amazing array of arts and crafts that are produced by skilled local artisans. Whether you are interested in pottery, metalwork, or carpets, the souks are filled with unique and tempting items. Morocco is also home to several distinct musical traditions, which have influenced musicians around the world.

Some examples of Morocco’s arts and crafts include the following:

Carpets

Morocco’s hand-woven carpets come in a multitude of styles and colors, but there are two basic kinds. Traditional Oriental (or “city”) knotted carpets are thick, and often feature intricate border designs framing a central medallion. Berber kilim carpets are flat, and typically feature geometric designs arranged in horizontal bands across the carpet.
The quality of a carpet is determined by the number of knots or strands in the foundation of the carpet. Each region has its own distinctive style that is reflected in the colors and motifs used in the carpets. Many carpets are produced by women, whose skillful work brings much-needed income to their families.

Jewelry

Moroccan jewelry makers’ intricately designed gold and silver jewelry is distinctive and exceptionally well-made, and you will also see many household items in the souks made from bronze, copper, iron, and brass.

Ceramics
Morocco’s colorful ceramics come in all shapes and sizes, from vases and platters to mosaic-tiled tables. Fes is particularly known for the high quality of its pottery.

Wood
Morocco’s indigenous cedar and Thuya wood is used in a wide variety of objects and furniture. When you visit palaces and ancient schools in Morocco, you will see remarkably well-preserved examples of carved and painted cedar wood in the form of decorative ceilings and massive gates.
Similar craftsmanship can still be found in smaller objects in the souks today.

Leatherwork
Leather products include pillows, poufs, handbags, and slippers. Leather is still processed in the tannery in the city Fes using traditional dyes and methods, but the highest quality finished leather goods are found in Marrakech. Who knows, maybe you’ll decide you can’t live without a camel saddle!

Moroccan artisans also produce exquisite embroidery, calligraphy and textiles.

Music

Morocco is home to a variety of musical traditions, from African-influenced Gnaoua to traditional Arab Andalusian music. During your Dar Morocco tour, will probably hear Andalusian music played at some restaurants or perhaps in your hotel. When you reach Marrakech, you will almost certainly hear Gnaoua music in Jama’a el-Fna Square.

Morocco boasts several international music festivals:

  • The Festival of World Sacred Music (Musiques Sacrées), held in Fes June 6-14
  • The Festival of Gnaoua Music, held in Essaouira June 26-29
  • The Marrakech Folklore Festival, held July 11-15

If you wish to plan a tour around any of these events, Dar Morocco Travel would be happy to arrange it for you. These events are incredibly popular and hotels book up very early, so don’t delay in contacting us if you would like to attend one of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  
  

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