This wonderful mix of elements of English cottages, French chateaux, Tuscan villas and Mediterranean houses exists only a couple of decades, but captured the hearts and entered the homes of many connoisseurs of the most luxurious interiors. Shabby chic is not a word but a lifestyle, romantic with careless attitude to things. Sometimes it is even called ‘shabby elegance’
Very gentle and romantic, this style creates its image on the subtle combination of tulle fabrics with a rustic lace, satin frills and handmade embroidery with floral ornamentation.
Vintage, painted in several layers furniture with clear scuffmarks, upholstered in natural fabric best of all reflects the romantic mood of those who prefer shabby chic style.
Morocco holds a quasi monopoly on argan oil. It is extracted from the argan tree, an endemic spices that grow on the southwest of the country (the Mexican argan tree doesn’t produced oil). Rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, it is used in cooking and skincare products. Since the late 1990s, this oil has become increasingly popular among consumers in Europe, North America and Japan. Until recently, demand was met by oil obtained from 50 million Moroccan trees and the work of 2 million local employees. Considering that it takes 15 years before an argan tree produces any nuts and that it will yield no more than 2 liters of oil, it is difficult to obtain enough of it to satisfy global demand.
A good way of recognising new arrivals to a city is, if you are travelling alone, is a muted anger whereas if you are travelling in company, this takes the form of an open argument.
Distrust, doubts, the relative nature of what one takes as read at a few hours’ distance, undermine the bemused and weary traveller’s patience.
Perhaps it is in these moments when the journey reveals itself to the traveller.
For a long time I warned that there was no tourist who was not a traveller
Later on, after travelling for many years, I reached the conclusion that this dichotomy did not go beyond the mind of the person in question. How would a mursi distinguish this?
I fear that wherever one is travelling, the most likely thing is that most people do not manage, rightly so, to distinguish you from a bog-standard group of tourists.
Let’s live with this
African inspiration in fashion and decoration is highly surprising; however it never comes with its own geographical description and is substituted by adjectives which are true and unequivocal but also ambiguous and misleading with the term “African”.
Throughout these years, we have seen many fashion and decoration accessories with the title “oriental”, “Zen”, “Chinois” and even “tribal”. However, the African inspiration (sometimes designed, manufactured and imported directly from the African continent) has experience the opposite: Its name is avoided and is substituted by others more interesting for consumers: “printed clothes”, “colonial evocations”…
This term is Arabic for “social solidarity,” with an emphasis on group consciousness, cohesiveness, and unity. Familiar in the pre-Islamic era, the term was popularized by Ibn Khaldun in his magnum opus, The Muqaddimah. Khaldun saw asabiyah as especially strong among nomads with shared blood relations, though neither are a prerequisite for its existence in a social group. In the modern period, the term is analogous to nationalism.
Tadelakt is an ancient technique and a lime coating traditional from Marrakech and characterised by its shiny colour and waterproof effect. Tadelakt’s unique finish is achieved by using friction with a pebble and olive oil soap.
It can be used outdoor (even in bathrooms and floors) and indoor; and it has also inspired the creation of new building materials like micro-concrete.
Beyond its beauty and elegance, tadelakt is the symbol of northern African culture.
ANIMAL COLOUR.-Animals invade everything. Armchairs, cushions, trophies. Zoo scenarios include wild animals like rhinoceros and hippopotamus.
THINK PRINT.- Landscapes, animals, faces and everything belonging to the real world is printed in these decorative objects. After Tibetan ethnic groups, the African continent is proud of its high decorative impact.