I always seem to start off a blog post with an apology for not posting as regularly as i should but this time i have a good excuse - i just got back from a whirlwind buying trip to Morocco with a little sojourn in Paris and London on the way home;)

This was my second trip to Morocco within a year; my first trip i didn't really intend to buy as many rugs as i did... but this trip made me glad that i did!! as in the last 10 months it appears that the demand for Moroccan rugs has well and truly sky rocketed..to say the stock on offer had dwindled would be an understatement; the quality vintage rugs have been lifted; every dealer that i went to had the same story.."we did have a lot more a few weeks ago but an American came in and bought up"...so this only spurred on my hunting desire even more to uncover the remaining treasures. The hunt extended further this time into the North of Morocco  - we started in Fes and made a road trip to the Rif mountain town of Chefchaoen via Asilah and Tangier.

I made it a mission to take more photo's so hopefully you enjoy them!!

We stayed at a neighbours Riad in Fes (as you do!) which was stunning - thank you Bouvier Jewels! www.bouvier.com.au

Unfortunately not much time for relaxing - we didn't even make it up to the roof terrace (yes 1st world issues i know!) we had plenty of rugs to sort through looking for the hidden gems..

 And yes we certainly struck gold with this one - this Vintage Azilal is in mint condition and has an incredible colour palette and pattern = gem!

Managed to find some stunning hand embroidered Handira's - so much work goes into these pieces

One of the items that were incredibly hard to come by were Vintage Wedding Blankets - its a dying art and the huge recent demand for them has really pushed the price up so if you have one - hang onto it!

And in my opinion the more bling the better!

Got a few boucherites - recycled rag rugs

I found the most incredibly coloured flat weave rugs - similar knotting technique to the Persian rugs but with the colour palette and patterns of the Moroccans = LOVE; although bought up some striped blankets to make some large pouffe and pom pom cushions up..watch this space!

Will be a little hard for me to part with this one..

This large blue and white zemmour looks almost as good from the back as the front - you can see the work that goes into these and its all hand knotted!

And did i mention it was freezing and i was down with the flu - the Moroccans took pity on me and insisted i wear a handira for extra warmth!

Next stop Assilah which is a gorgeous coastal town on the way to Tangier - oh the blues!

And the greens...

The only thing better is when the rugs are hung amongst all of this amazing colour

or when the blues and the greens collide!

And they actually sell these amazing paint pigments in the street..tempting

That pink!! and even the packaging in the store window!

This donkey was too cute not to photograph;)

Roadside strawberries..19 DIR a KG - um thats $2 a KG..and the best part they were so delish and sweet!

One must visit is a little rooftop cafe in the Casbah of Tangier - Le Salon Bleu - we dined on the most amazing tagine and couscous that i have ever had..and it over looked the most incredible architecture

The view from the rooftop 'Le Salon Bleu'

And the sea view to the other side..just across the water is Spain!

Tangier is famous for its Casbah and also for its textiles - one of the loomers at work!

The wool waiting to be loomed in the Fandouk

This Rif mountain area is famous for its striped textiles..so naturally this was a must visit location - got a few of these straw flat baskets which will be perfect for large fruit bowls!

Next stop was the stunning mountain side town of Chefchaouen - an absolute must visit for anyone considering Morocco; so pretty and picturesque; the fresh mountain air was well welcomed!

I might even come back just to see this bougainvillaea in full bloom against this blue!

no words...

Couldn't resist snapping this red, blue and white moment

The blue buildings line the streets..and i can't stop photographing them!

i almost got run over by a few donkeys...

This town is famous for these pom pom hats and baskets - of course i couldn't resist!

I couldn't resist these hand embroidered kilims either..

We finished the day off with a super strong latte overlooking the mountains...very fond memories of this little town;)

Next stop...Paris..and before you start thinking oh my this girl lives the life...i have gone through approx 20 boxes of tissues by this stage...the flu did dampen my spirits slightly but yes it was the trip of a lifetime;) now i just have to sell the huge amount that i bought..yes another Pop Up shop is on its way!!

 

 

 

I always seem to start off a blog post with an apology for not posting as regularly as i should but this time i have a good excuse - i just got back from a whirlwind buying trip to Morocco with a little sojourn in Paris and London on the way home;)

This was my second trip to Morocco within a year; my first trip i didn't really intend to buy as many rugs as i did... but this trip made me glad that i did!! as in the last 10 months it appears that the demand for Moroccan rugs has well and truly sky rocketed..to say the stock on offer had dwindled would be an understatement; the quality vintage rugs have been lifted; every dealer that i went to had the same story.."we did have a lot more a few weeks ago but an American came in and bought up"...so this only spurred on my hunting desire even more to uncover the remaining treasures. The hunt extended further this time into the North of Morocco  - we started in Fes and made a road trip to the Rif mountain town of Chefchaoen via Asilah and Tangier.

I made it a mission to take more photo's so hopefully you enjoy them!!

We stayed at a neighbours Riad in Fes (as you do!) which was stunning - thank you Bouvier Jewels! www.bouvier.com.au

Unfortunately not much time for relaxing - we didn't even make it up to the roof terrace (yes 1st world issues i know!) we had plenty of rugs to sort through looking for the hidden gems..

 And yes we certainly struck gold with this one - this Vintage Azilal is in mint condition and has an incredible colour palette and pattern = gem!

Managed to find some stunning hand embroidered Handira's - so much work goes into these pieces

One of the items that were incredibly hard to come by were Vintage Wedding Blankets - its a dying art and the huge recent demand for them has really pushed the price up so if you have one - hang onto it!

And in my opinion the more bling the better!

Got a few boucherites - recycled rag rugs

I found the most incredibly coloured flat weave rugs - similar knotting technique to the Persian rugs but with the colour palette and patterns of the Moroccans = LOVE; although bought up some striped blankets to make some large pouffe and pom pom cushions up..watch this space!

Will be a little hard for me to part with this one..

This large blue and white zemmour looks almost as good from the back as the front - you can see the work that goes into these and its all hand knotted!

And did i mention it was freezing and i was down with the flu - the Moroccans took pity on me and insisted i wear a handira for extra warmth!

Next stop Assilah which is a gorgeous coastal town on the way to Tangier - oh the blues!

And the greens...

The only thing better is when the rugs are hung amongst all of this amazing colour

or when the blues and the greens collide!

And they actually sell these amazing paint pigments in the street..tempting

That pink!! and even the packaging in the store window!

This donkey was too cute not to photograph;)

Roadside strawberries..19 DIR a KG - um thats $2 a KG..and the best part they were so delish and sweet!

One must visit is a little rooftop cafe in the Casbah of Tangier - Le Salon Bleu - we dined on the most amazing tagine and couscous that i have ever had..and it over looked the most incredible architecture

The view from the rooftop 'Le Salon Bleu'

And the sea view to the other side..just across the water is Spain!

Tangier is famous for its Casbah and also for its textiles - one of the loomers at work!

The wool waiting to be loomed in the Fandouk

This Rif mountain area is famous for its striped textiles..so naturally this was a must visit location - got a few of these straw flat baskets which will be perfect for large fruit bowls!

Next stop was the stunning mountain side town of Chefchaouen - an absolute must visit for anyone considering Morocco; so pretty and picturesque; the fresh mountain air was well welcomed!

I might even come back just to see this bougainvillaea in full bloom against this blue!

no words...

Couldn't resist snapping this red, blue and white moment

The blue buildings line the streets..and i can't stop photographing them!

i almost got run over by a few donkeys...

This town is famous for these pom pom hats and baskets - of course i couldn't resist!

I couldn't resist these hand embroidered kilims either..

We finished the day off with a super strong latte overlooking the mountains...very fond memories of this little town;)

Next stop...Paris..and before you start thinking oh my this girl lives the life...i have gone through approx 20 boxes of tissues by this stage...the flu did dampen my spirits slightly but yes it was the trip of a lifetime;) now i just have to sell the huge amount that i bought..yes another Pop Up shop is on its way!!