For Moroccans their home is their private oasis and one that they share with their family and friends. Their home is a place to relax and enjoy themselves and so they want it to be as comfortable as possible so that when guests are in their home they are treated like royalty. Moroccan furniture reflects that elegant look that they want to lavish on their friends and family.
Most furnishings and accessories in a Moroccan home are handmade and often are hand painted as well in exquisite detailed patterns that have been handed down for generations from one family member to another. This attention to detail makes Moroccan decor beautiful to look at and rich in its labor of love from the artisan who has made it.
Although beautiful to look at Moroccan furniture is also practical because above all Moroccans want their home to be comfortable and a place that people can relax in and enjoy good conversation or a meal together. Mosaic tiles are used throughout a Moroccan home – on the floors, as decorative borders in kitchens or bathrooms or as exquisite designs in fountains or bird baths. With precision and bold colors mosaic tiles will transform any room and are wonderful on the patio as well or as a table in the kitchen or the backyard.
A bedroom in a Moroccan home is a place of refuge and is often like an opulent nest created by draped canopies and silk bedding in brilliant shades of red, purple, blue or green. Large over-sized armoires are often found – if there is room – and can be used for a television but also for storage of clothing or linens when you open the elaborately painted double doors. Headboards are often ornately paneled and hand painted and another panel might be found on the ceiling creating a complete oasis that is a wonderful retreat from the day to meditate and relax.
The living room or family room of their home features very comfortable Moroccan decor that includes a pretty carved wooden low coffee table that can be hand painted in traditional patterns and colors with a beautiful hand loomed rug underneath. Low wooden sofas with cushions in stripes or lovely fabrics are used along with matching chairs. There is always a variety of seating around the coffee table with additional ottomans in brightly patterned leather making more seating available when more people arrive. Hospitality is paramount in a Moroccan home so you always need ample seating. Other types might include low benches with their traditional colorful cushions.
Dining rooms often have a large table with a Moroccan chandelier hanging overhead to provide soft lighting for a meal that is an important part of the day. A buffet is often found in this room – again it will be hand carved and hand painted in a beautiful motif and is used to hold serving dishes or linens. This room is another oasis for Moroccans because it is a time to gather with their family to discuss the day and enjoy friends or guests who might join them.