Once we learnt that Fes was the Artisan capital of Morocco we made a very last minute decision to visit for just 2 days - i think we spent about 30 hours out of the 48 shopping! We literally shopped ourselves to exhaustion each day - having a shopping guide helped as there is no way we would have found half of the shops/Artisans without our amazing guide. Our guide organised out of town dealers to come and see us and i can guarantee they would have been happy to travel as boy did we do some buying! Initially i was only planning on buying a few rugs for our homes plus some others for friends and family but we just fell head over heels in love with these rugs and the beautiful story behind them that we ended up buying enough to open a small rug shop!! So if you are in the market for a Moroccan rug - i am your girl;)

We stayed in the most beautiful hotel http://www.jardindesbiehn.com which is owned by a French family - the restaurant which serves traditional French food was to die for ( i had chicken breast stuffed with dried figs accompanied with potato mash and the best mushroom sauce i have ever tried - seriously it gave the Bistro's of Paris a serious run for their money!)

To be honest (which i always am in this blog and in my life -sometimes a little too honest!) i would bypass Marrakech and head straight for Fes to the Medina - the City had way more character and relevant architecture as its the oldest City of Morocco -the food was incredible as well and the people warm and friendly.

Our beautiful hotel in Fes Le Jardin des Biehn which is inside the Medina was a tranquil retreat where we could count our shopping bags in peace!

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The hotel used to be one of the Pacha's many summer homes, the buildings are divided into Suites and rooms (there are 9 in total so its nice and small)

 

Breakfast is served on the terrace..see that peach next to the blue cup?[/caption]

 

Picked it straight from one of the many fruit trees in the hotel's garden

 

The stunning garden in the middle of the hotel that was planted by the French owner Michelle (he used to be a Antique and Textiles dealer in Provence)

 

The tiles!!!

The windows!! i am in architectural heaven!

The wall patterns!!

 

Now to the Medina (old walled town - it is actually the world's largest urban car free city and thankfully has been UNESCO listed) the green tiles on this mosque in the Medina are beyond beautiful

 

Let the shopping begin..seriously kid in a candy store!

 

Vintage Kaftan's anyone?

 

We even weaved our way through dirt tunnels to get to the 'good' ceramics shop

Me dusting off dirt in the ceramics cave!

Finally found the goods - hope you like my colour selection? now to go through each piece - just preying they don't break on route to Sydney!!

We spent hours in a cushion shop - these are made from vintage rugs which have all been hand woven - the colours are stunning and some even have pom poms on them!! (yes i will be selling these alongside the rugs and ceramics!)

 

My hubby was gifted with this man bag from the cushion shop - his last one! (i wanted to buy more - can't go past a palm tree!)

Let the rug shopping begin - there is a serious science behind Moroccan rug selection - as they are all hand woven no one rug is the same which is why i love them soooo much! The shoes had to come off; the wool quality scrutinised..

 

Let the selection process begin - each rug had to be held up flat so you can appreciate the colouring, pattern, weave and motifs; my aim was to get as many unusual pieces as possible and who can go past neon green in a rug?!

 

This straw Handira was massive and so unique - even the rug dealer who has been dealing for decades said he had never seen anything like it - sold!

 

Another stunning Azilal rug with unique motif's and colours going into the collection

 

A huge Beni Ourain gets the tick of approval as well;)

 

Me settling in for a long selection process (are you surprised that rugs have been featuring in my dream's ever since this day?!)

 

Another stunning Azilal that we bought from a high end dealer in Marrakesh

 

This Azilal could be one of my personal favourites - would be stunning in a play room or nursery or even our sitting room for that matter (its going to be hard to part with these beauties)

 

Now to select the colours for these stunning hand loomed woollen blankets- am ordering them custom for PaddotoPalmy - think Coral, turquoise and blue;)

Testing the comfort level;)

 

And now to get them out of the Medina (no cars remember!) and shipped to Sydney - this will be the fun part;)!

 

Once we learnt that Fes was the Artisan capital of Morocco we made a very last minute decision to visit for just 2 days - i think we spent about 30 hours out of the 48 shopping! We literally shopped ourselves to exhaustion each day - having a shopping guide helped as there is no way we would have found half of the shops/Artisans without our amazing guide. Our guide organised out of town dealers to come and see us and i can guarantee they would have been happy to travel as boy did we do some buying! Initially i was only planning on buying a few rugs for our homes plus some others for friends and family but we just fell head over heels in love with these rugs and the beautiful story behind them that we ended up buying enough to open a small rug shop!! So if you are in the market for a Moroccan rug - i am your girl;)

We stayed in the most beautiful hotel http://www.jardindesbiehn.com which is owned by a French family - the restaurant which serves traditional French food was to die for ( i had chicken breast stuffed with dried figs accompanied with potato mash and the best mushroom sauce i have ever tried - seriously it gave the Bistro's of Paris a serious run for their money!)

To be honest (which i always am in this blog and in my life -sometimes a little too honest!) i would bypass Marrakech and head straight for Fes to the Medina - the City had way more character and relevant architecture as its the oldest City of Morocco -the food was incredible as well and the people warm and friendly.

Our beautiful hotel in Fes Le Jardin des Biehn which is inside the Medina was a tranquil retreat where we could count our shopping bags in peace!

\ 

The hotel used to be one of the Pacha's many summer homes, the buildings are divided into Suites and rooms (there are 9 in total so its nice and small)

 

Breakfast is served on the terrace..see that peach next to the blue cup?[/caption]

 

Picked it straight from one of the many fruit trees in the hotel's garden

 

The stunning garden in the middle of the hotel that was planted by the French owner Michelle (he used to be a Antique and Textiles dealer in Provence)

 

The tiles!!!

The windows!! i am in architectural heaven!

The wall patterns!!

 

Now to the Medina (old walled town - it is actually the world's largest urban car free city and thankfully has been UNESCO listed) the green tiles on this mosque in the Medina are beyond beautiful

 

Let the shopping begin..seriously kid in a candy store!

 

Vintage Kaftan's anyone?

 

We even weaved our way through dirt tunnels to get to the 'good' ceramics shop

Me dusting off dirt in the ceramics cave!

Finally found the goods - hope you like my colour selection? now to go through each piece - just preying they don't break on route to Sydney!!

We spent hours in a cushion shop - these are made from vintage rugs which have all been hand woven - the colours are stunning and some even have pom poms on them!! (yes i will be selling these alongside the rugs and ceramics!)

 

My hubby was gifted with this man bag from the cushion shop - his last one! (i wanted to buy more - can't go past a palm tree!)

Let the rug shopping begin - there is a serious science behind Moroccan rug selection - as they are all hand woven no one rug is the same which is why i love them soooo much! The shoes had to come off; the wool quality scrutinised..

 

Let the selection process begin - each rug had to be held up flat so you can appreciate the colouring, pattern, weave and motifs; my aim was to get as many unusual pieces as possible and who can go past neon green in a rug?!

 

This straw Handira was massive and so unique - even the rug dealer who has been dealing for decades said he had never seen anything like it - sold!

 

Another stunning Azilal rug with unique motif's and colours going into the collection

 

A huge Beni Ourain gets the tick of approval as well;)

 

Me settling in for a long selection process (are you surprised that rugs have been featuring in my dream's ever since this day?!)

 

Another stunning Azilal that we bought from a high end dealer in Marrakesh

 

This Azilal could be one of my personal favourites - would be stunning in a play room or nursery or even our sitting room for that matter (its going to be hard to part with these beauties)

 

Now to select the colours for these stunning hand loomed woollen blankets- am ordering them custom for PaddotoPalmy - think Coral, turquoise and blue;)

Testing the comfort level;)

 

And now to get them out of the Medina (no cars remember!) and shipped to Sydney - this will be the fun part;)!