Shopping for modern design in Marrakech

A Designer’s Guide to Marrakech – shopping for modern design in Marrakech

Maison Lab – new modern store in Marrakech

I feel I know this man – his taste and ours coincide perfectly. Modern design in Marrakech is easily found in this design-rich city.

Shopping for modern design in Marrakech MaisonLabNew York interior designer Martin Raffle recently opened his studio, MaisonLab, in the heart of the ancient medina. It is in Riad Laarouss, very close to Riad Sapphire and Spa. It brims with modern objects and furnishings – directly reflecting my belief that Marrakech is totally modern (and ancient).

I’m so enthusiastic about modern Marrakech design that not only our boutique riad hotel in Marrakech but also my own home is filled with finds from Marrakech – from leather rugs, to Bani Ourain rugs, kelims transformed into seating, handwoven fabrics for drapes, wool blankets, leather club chairs, berber cushion covers, metal cutwork lanterns, tassels, baskets for shopping and stylish storage, leather goods. You can also find local craftsmen to fashion what you envisage if you don’t find it in the market – like our leather-covered fan.

Maison Lab Shopping for modern design in Marrakech

Marrakech is also a great source for wonderful perfumes, artisan soaps, shower gel, and shampoos.

Marrakech is worth a visit just to view what Marrakchis produce.

Derb el Ferrane

Riad Laarouss


Online shopping from Marrakech

Xmas shopping in Marrakech 0r not in Marrakech

Would you like to make Xmas shopping easy and also find some unique gifts from Marrakech‬? If you can’t go there then you can buy from this onlinestore‬ for Moroccan handicrafts and high-quality items http://soukdunord.

For further information on online stores selling beautiful gift items from Marrakech see our blog article

babouches by artist Hassan Hajjaj Marrakechbags from leather store in Marrakech

Marrakesh TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice

Marrakesh named world’s best destination in TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice

  Menara gardens Marrakech Atlas mountains from Marrakech

The new Travelers’ Choice #1 Destination in the world is Marrakech



– described as a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques.

busy square Place Jemaa el Fna


A wonderful juxtaposition of chaos and calm, modern and traditional, the exotic and the familiar –




Marrakech offers intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways in the old city, the historic medina – one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Medersa ben youssef Marrakech




Come and get lost here!  We’ll help you find your way amongst the alleyways and the teeming crowds.  Marrakesh street scene

Water carrier Marrakech


men in main square Place Jemaa el Fna Marrakesh



Then come back to our peaceful riad and understand the calm that also exists amidst the chaos.

Scènes de Lin, boutique in Marrakech

Scènes de Lin is a well-established chic boutique in the new town of Guèliz in Marrakech – definitely worth making the effort to find. It’s on the Rue de la Liberté now re-named to Rue El Houria. It is located east off the main shopping street, Rue Mohamed V, where Carré Eden, the new apartment/shopping complex is located.

Scenes de lin shopping in Marrakech

The clothing and home decorative items are designed with a distinct Moroccan flavor made to a very high standard, in terms of both manufacturing and design.

The designer, Anne-Marie Chaoui has been living in Marrakech since 2000 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her former career in the textile industry.

You can find all kinds of interior decorative items from fabrics, to sofas, to dishes, bathroom accessories, linens, clothing, caftans, tunics, even hats. All lovely designs – you’ll want to take home everything.

Scènes de Lin is also now in Paris – just in case you can’t get to Marrakech. If you can’t make it to Paris either, try their e-store

Their website is in French but you can always use Google translate if you don’t read French. The photos don’t need translating. They are all beautiful and inspirational.

70, rue El Houria
(formerly rue de la Liberté)

Contact : Anne-Marie Chaoui
Tel : +212 5 24 43 61 08
Email :
Open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 :30 p.m. and from 3 :30 p.m. to 7 :30 p.m.


Getting lost in Marrakesh

Get lost! in Marrakesh

Covered market, Marrakech

To get lost in a foreign city is a fear that many of us have, but putting away the map can be just the thing for adventure. The souks of Marrakech are – we promise – a great place to get lost in.

So, what to expect?

Well, cast adrift in the maze of the medina, carts will trundle past you, laden with oranges and timber. You’ll see hawkers selling piles of eggs, fruit of all colours and fresh herbs. You’ll spot ancient weavers working at looms. The smell of delicious freshly baked ‘khoubz’ (bread) will waft over you.


You’ll pass brightly coloured apothecaries, where inside, hundreds of glass jars containing everything from pickled birds and crystals to ras el hanout and saffron will be for sale. You’ll be invited in for tea. You’ll have offers of guidance and you’ll certainly pass plenty of shady cafes to cool off in with a Casablanca beer or some mint tea.


See, doesn’t sound too bad does it? Chances are, after getting lost in the souks, you will return with a dozen travel tales, a handful of souvenirs and a camera full of photos.

This recent article on the Huffington Post website, inspired us to write this blog post, they agree that getting lost isn’t so bad! 


Al Nour – textiles – artisans in Marrakesh

al nour Marrakech, hand embroidery

We recently found out about a small company called Al Nour who produce beautiful, hand-embroidery which has been created by disabled female artisans in Marrakech.

Al Nour is a social enterprise which, along with the retail arm, includes a day care centre and a professional training centre. By shopping at Al Nour your dirhams go directly towards helping to support these hard-working artisan women.

You can shop online too for these hand embroidered textiles which are made from 100% natural fibres in either linen, cotton, wool, pashmina or silk. The designs are beautifully simple and we particularly like the children’s travel pouch, the collection for babies and the traditional hammam-style towels. Best of all, the home textiles can be made to measure.


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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.


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