The Beauty Of Moroccan Decor Moroccan furniture is normally solid wood and stylish. Morocco is an ex-French colony, but it is very near Spain as well. In fact, two small parts of Morocco, Melilla and Ceuta are still under Spanish jurisdiction. This means that Moroccan furnishings and decor has Berba, Arabic, French and Spanish influences. These Mediterranean influences are prominent in traditional and modern Moroccan furniture. If combined with Moroccan decor and colours, Moroccan furniture can change your home. Walls are usually emulsioned plain white or cream and lightly decorated with old carpets or tapestries with one or two photos or paintings hanging among them. Reds and browns are the predominant colours. Poignant writings from the Koran or other Arabic philosophers are often copied out in bold lettering and framed. Moroccan accessories such as lamps, lanterns, mirrors, benches, vases, mosaic end tables, ottomans, rugs and ceramics can bring that special local flavour to the decor, setting off the solid wood or padded cloth furniture. Pillows feature extensively in Moroccan interior and garden decor, but they also use sofas and chairs in the European manner. Morocco is famous for its leather craft and leather is often used to cover chairs, sofas and footstools or poufes. Scatter rugs are essential for sitting on and they are taken out and beaten every day to keep them clean as Morocco is a hot, sandy and dusty country when you travel a few miles inland from the coast. Camels are still used for transport in rural parts and camel hair is woven into rugs, blankets and wall coverings. Moroccans like tiles and mosaics and Arabic style tiles are quite distinctive if you want to use them in your bathroom and kitchen. If you want to dine in Moroccan style, they usually eat at a very low round table with the primary dish in the centre from which everybody helps themselves, although in a family, some members will feed others as well. Following convention and hygiene, you may only touch food with your right hand, although everybody will have washed both hands before coming to the table. Bread, rice and couscous feature highly in Moroccan food as does potatoes, carrots, lamb and chicken. Water is served during the meal and tea and coffee afterwards frequently with very sweet cakes covered with icing sugar and syrup. Individuals relax at home wearing long, loose-fitting garments and lounge on benches or on rugs on the floor surrounded by cushions. In the evening, lighting will be low offered by low wattage bulbs secreted behind red and brown stained glass or cloth. Candles, scented or not also feature a great deal in living rooms and bedrooms unless someone wants a more powerful light to read by. Candles in wall sconces are common ways to highlight extraordinary areas and light up corridors and some doorways. Frequently these sconces do not contain candles, but
hold aromatic oil with a floating wick which is cheaper to leave burning between the hours or twilight and bed time. Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on a variety of subjects, but is now involved with outdoor dining tables. If you would like to know more, please visit our website at Solid Oak Dining Tables.