Our trips

NOMADIC BOHO

27 Apr , 2016  

Boho style has its roots in the French Word ‘boheme’ and the artistic bohemian concept.

 

Boho interior style is rich, versatile, colorful and relaxed, as the life of the nomads discovering new lands.

 

COLOUR PALETTE

 

The colour palette of this style is bright and intense: orange, yellow, purple, ultramarine and fuchsia make the house cheerful and cozy.

 

A boho-house is magnificently decorated with textiles, draperies, blankets, pillows, bright covers for furniture, carpets, exactly as the nomadic people do.

 

DÉCOR TIPS

 

  • Use the play of contrasting colours, patterns and textures, collages and applications to create a dynamic and bright interior
  • Old beat up furniture will be most welcome here
  • Feel free to mix ethnic styles and season the interior with eastern or colonial accessories
  • Give preference to environmentally friendly natural materials and handmade objects brought from the trips and reminding you of the romance and adventure of the road.

 

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Decor and Architecture

KILIM

21 Oct , 2015  

The term kilim comes from Turkish and Eastern Persian. It means “covering”. Kilims are flat tapestry carpets woven by passing the weave through the warp; this is one of its uniqueness that determines its design. Geometric patterns are the most common: Diagonal lines mainly forming reversed diamonds and triangles that are spread across the design, by creating a border or following a pattern, some of them with symmetrical patterns covering the entire bottom of the carpet. As well as decorations, colours give an ideal touch to kilims: Maroon, blue, dark brown.

 

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Decor and Architecture

BOUCHEROUITE RUGS

24 Sep , 2015  

 

Rugs manufactured by women from the Berber tribes of the Upper Atlas region of Morocco, made from recycled textiles with wonderful colouring in which the female universe is embodied violently and smugly. These highly original rugs are aesthetically very powerful and whose shapes and colours are striking and daring.

The craftswomen do not follow any predefined guidelines or patterns when manufacturing these rugs, rather they improvise freehand without placing any limits on the creative spirit to achieve their goal.

Recycled materials used create a bond between primitive and modern art forms. A genuine canvas of modern abstract art, like a Kandinsky painting displayed without contrivances on the floor.

Until rather recently, these rugs were not traded due to the apparent scarcity of their materials, however, they have begun to appear in western markets as a result of their authenticity and aesthetic worth.

 

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Cities and Countries,Fashion and Lifestyle

CARPETS IN ARAB CULTURE

23 Jul , 2015  

The non-Arab cultures are inspired by nature; however Arabs in general are based on Turkish carpets due to theological ethics.

 

The carpet is the main furniture object for Arab cultures. They are highly important and some cities have even given their names to certain types of fabric such as muslin (Mosul), fustat (Cairo or Fustat).

 

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Fashion and Lifestyle

Westwing Home and Living

16 Jul , 2015  

If there is one proven recommendation we can make from the The African Blog it is the platform for on-line decoration sales Westwing Home and Living.

 

It was launched four years ago by Delia Fischer, former director of the magazine Elle Decor in Germany, and since then has not stopped growing thanks to its select offer.

 

Sales are made through campaigns that last only a few days, and each one of these has been meticulously selected by a team of experts in decoration, thus ensuring the quality of the product, its aesthetic, originality and functionality.

 

Furthermore, it offers an on-line magazine that compiles all of the latest trends in decoration, as well as having interviews with experts in interior design, advice, tips and reports.

 

It is no surprise to discover it is present in 15 countries (3 years in Spain)

 

The common denominator of Westwing is the quality of the top-of-the-range brand names amongst which we can find renowned names such as Calvin Klein, Laura Ashley, Becara, Sia, Smeg, Designer’s Guild, Gancedo, Rosenthal, Valentí, etc. and a select list to which The African Touch has also been added.

 

 

 

 

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Arts,Decor and Architecture,Fashion and Lifestyle

TRIBAL CARPETS

12 Mar , 2015  

The nomadic and Berber tribes continue weaving in traditional looms, similar to those that originated in the Neolithic.

 

These carpets are simple and made with materials common in every little town. An asymmetrical knot (also known as Berber knot) is included with 8-shaped around two warps and woof.

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