Héritage Berbère Parfumerie Marrakesh

Marrakech perfumes heritage berbere

Travellers often wax lyrical about the myriad of wonderful and fragrant smells that drift across Marrakech at different times of the year. The gardens, rich with jasmine and orange blossom that bloom in the sun send forth their scents while oil burners in riads and shops warm the heady scents of bergamot and rose.

It is a lot to take in and many travellers wish to bottle the scents up and carry them home. A wonderful reminder of warmer climes during chilly winters back home… One of the best places to buy authentic Moroccan perfumes is Berber Heritage Boutique located just by Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle.

There are many scents to choose from, for women and men. We like the Twilight Passion and Audacity Berber Fuge for ladies and the Touareg Secret Oud, Nommatitude or Berber Earth for men. On entering the shop the gentle aromas of honey, almonds, mandarin waft around, all inspired by the souks of Marrakech. The beautifully packaged perfumes make for a special souvenir or gift for loved-ones back home, they also offer a mail-order service too.

Villa Dar Sabah, Av. Yacoub El Mansour. www.heritageberbere.com

 

 

Hamid Khantour artist in Marrakech

Hamid Khantour foundouk Marrakech artist

We discovered some time ago that often you don’t have to go very far at all to discover great art, in fact, sometimes it is right on your doorstep, or next door, especially in Marrakech.

So, with this in mind we were delighted recently to discover that one of our guests had stumbled upon the work of Hamid Khantour, right by the well-known bar and restaurant Café Arabe. Khantour has a workshop (located at 1954 rue el Mouassine) housed in a traditional foundouk. ‘Foundouk’ means ‘hotel’ in Arabic, but specifically these are old hotels used by travelling merchants. Many were built large enough to hold animals – hence some of enormous doors in the medina. ‘Caravanserai’ is another word for this type of place and they can be found all along the Silk Road, especially in Central Asia in the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. These days the foundouks are used to house craftsmen and artists.

Khantour was born in Marrakech and his work often depicts busy market scenes, or crowds of people, which from a distance look like patterns. He uses thick and colourful brush-strokes and his work is distinctly Moroccan. You can view Khantour’s work on his FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/hamid.khantour or you can email him at babhamid@hotmail.fr

 

 

Zid Zid Kids

Zid Zid kids Marrakech handmade

We are all aglow over these colourful, well-designed and handmade children’s toys. Zid Zid Kids began in Marrakech in the spring of 2003 where the directors were inspired by how children play. Just recently the business shifted to Tangiers, but in between that time Zid Zid Kids have won awards in France at Maison & Objet and in Amsterdam at Kleine Fabriek and in Morocco. So, what makes them so special? Well the products are utterly unique and children love them. From the airplane backpacks to the ‘petit poofs’ and clothes, all are special and inspire creativity with their original flair.

Every product is designed and produced in Tangier by Moroccan female and male artisans using a combination of old traditions combined with modern day techniques. Fair trade is also at the heart of what they do and Zid Zid Kids is recognized as a ‘Leading Artisan’ in the Kingdom of Morocco for their quality and workplace standards by the American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco.

Recycled and reclaimed fabrics are used throughout, tapping into the abundance of leftover fabrics from local manufacturers, also the leather is cured by hand and chemicals are never used.

You can shop on-line, or find out more here:

http://www.zidzid.us

Kulchi – home accessories interior design store in Marrakesh

kulchi store in Marrakech, shopping in Marrakesh, great finds, Moroccan

While we thoroughly recommend getting into the souk and shopping for your own carefully sourced rug, we have to admit that we are rather taken with Kulchi, an Australian-owned company who have a showroom in Marrakech (appointment only, +212 (0) 639 221 259).

Owned by Cassandra Karinsky, who has lived and experienced Morocco over the past six years, she first designed her own kaftan range before moving into the world of interiors.  Today, with a colleague, she sources the finest quality –and original- carpets and mats from trusted sources.

Also, as well as textiles, furniture and rugs Kulchi works with Patrick Manac’h in Marrakech to sell prints of his collection of images of Moroccan daily life – dating back to the 1870’s. They are available on semi-gloss in sepia or black and white, a great gift for anyone with a love of Morocco.

Kulchi (meaning ‘everything’ in Arabic) is also a great resource if you get home and decide you want to commission your own carpet or if you, like us, admire Cassandra’s chic taste.

http://www.kulchi.com

 

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Keep it Secret

Kis designer boutique, Marrakech

KIS stands for Keep it Secret, but it’s hard not to spread the word once you’ve had a browse in this dinky designer den. Offering clothes, accessories, gifts and homewares, this is a boutique that alongside a few international labels, mainly stocks smaller, Moroccan brands, like Sissi Morocco and Karim Bouriad.

This is the place to go for people who enjoy discovering little-known designers and unique pieces. Even better, some items have been especially crafted just for the KIS Boutique which makes them all the more tempting. It’s not just about fashion here though, as this is also the place to stock up on the wonderful Les Sens de Marrakech spa products and amenities, one of Morroco’s best wellness exports. Also, for the home, there’s Nour bougies candles and there’s a good collection of chill-out CDs too, just the thing for listening to on hot summer afternoons.

Once you’ve admired and chosen, it’s an idea to head to the terrace cafe for a cup of tea and if you time your visit carefully, there’s a chance that you might even stumble upon a book reading or similar.

http://www.kismarrakech.com/ or follow on Twitter @KISBoutique

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Mustapha Blaoui – Trésors des Nomades

Mustapha Blaoui, Aladdin's cave, store in Marrakekch, antiques

Mustapha Blaoui Trésors des Nomades

An iconic store in Marrakech – so well-known he doesn’t see the need for a sign outside.  To find it get a taxi to Dar el Bacha, recognizable by the beautiful massive wooden doors and several sentries outside. From there, with the sentries behind you, cross the road (carefully) and walk straight ahead on the Rue Bab Doukkala. Mustapha’s store is on the right-hand side, numbers 142 and 144. There are two wooden doors.  You’ll enter an emporium of all things Marrakchi – antiques and newly-made products. A favourite place for personal shopping tours and cognoscenti from around the world.

Rue Bab Doukkala #142/144
Marrakesh Médina
+212 524 38 52 40

L’ Étrangère by Nina – chic boutique in Marrakech

Felt objects, L'etrangere by nina, chic boutique in Marrakech

L’ Étrangère  by Nina
For unusual items, designed by the owner, Nina, come here. Nina’s unique designs have been featured in La Tribune of Marrakech – Merci les moutons – featuring her designs in high-quality felt. She also makes clothes at a very reasonable price that are highly suitable for the Marrakech climate. Worth a visit.

See other blogpost for another store in this same small square is Jamade.

Kennaria – Riad Zitoun Jdid
Medina Marrakech
Tel.: 06 19 44 74 60
Email: ninaletrangere@yahoo.fr

Jamade – chic boutique in Marrakech

Jamade boutique
Close to the café/restaurant Un déjeuner à Marrakech, just off the rue Kennaria that becomes the rue Riad Zitoun Jdid, you will find a small square with a couple of interesting boutiques.

One is Jamade – for interesting one-of-a-kind decorative objects, bags, clothing and wonderfully aromatic organic perfumes made in Morocco. They are beautifully presented so make great gifts – small and light to fit into your luggage allowance.

See other blogpost for another store in this same small square is L’ Étrangère.
Riad Zitoun Jdid – Place Douar Graoua
Marrakech Medina
Tel.: 05 24 42 90 42
Jamada boutique in Marrakech

Beautiful handwoven scarves from Marrakech

beautiful handwoven scarves, made in Marrakech

On a walk on my way to the Maison de la Photographie (past the Le Foundouk restaurant), I came upon this small store–one of those hidden treasures in the medina of Marrakesh.  I noticed the delicately-woven scarves hanging outside – the kind that sell for hundreds of euros in Europe. So I went inside and found a couple of weavers hard at work with their wares artfully displayed. I was so taken by them, I immediately purchased two – and later went back for more. They make wonderful gifts, do not weigh much and hardly take any room in a suitcase.

The store is owned by Faissal Bennouna. He didn’t have the colour that I wanted so I asked him to make one for me, which he did in a couple of days.

Expect to pay between 250 and 450 dirhams.

25, kaat Bennahid

Souk Hel Fez

Marrakech  Medina

email: bennounatheweaver@gmail.com