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 firstname.lastname@example.org