Small museum showing artistic handwoven rugs
What fabulous news! The Medina now has a new place full of history and lovely things – the Boucharouite Museum, an initiative devoted to Moroccan folk art. The museum takes its name from the ‘boucharouite’ carpet, also known as the rag rug, which are made by women in remote villages throughout Morocco.
They are prominently on display at the museum, as are other items including Berber doors and photos.
Boucharouite has long been considered the ‘carpet of the poor’, but of course they are actually highly prized and come in many colours, shapes and materials and often carry the heavy weight of sentimental value.
This new small museum gives these wonderful pieces of folk art a home and a platform. Add it to your list of things to do in Marrakech this summer.
Museum Boucharouite. 40 Dhs entry, free for children under 16 years. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed Sunday and August. No website. Telephone: 0524 38 38 87 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Azbezt 107, derb El Cadi
40000 Marrakesh, Morocco
If arriving by taxi, ask for Ben Saleh
The museum of the Art of Living is a must-visit in the Medina. Located close to Bab Taghazout, this picturesque museum was once the home of the 19th century Marrakchi poet, Ben Omar.
Lovingly restored in 2006 by Abderrazzak Benchaabane – who spent four-years renovating the property – the museum reopened its doors in 2010.
Today, tourists pour into the museum, which is spacious and cool and is spread over a generous 500m2, across six rooms. This is a great place to learn about Moroccan culture in the comfort of air-con. Inside there are displays of textiles, rugs, paintings all giving a broad overview of the traditional Berber lifestyle. One room is a dedicated reading room – which provides ample respite from the heat and crowds.
The other key place to relax is the Arab-Andalusian style garden and terrace on the rooftop, which offers outstanding views.
Eagle-eyed visitors may notice some similarities with the design of the Majorelle Gardens which was also restored by Abderrazzak Benchaabane, at the request of Yves Saint Laurent. Overall, this is a chic, well-conceived place to spend an afternoon. Recommended.