Life around the metal markets in the medina, Marrakesh

We wandered around the suqs close to  the Medersa Ben Youssef and the Musee de Marrakech and videoed craftsmen hard at work producing goods for sale in the market or made-to-order, like the lampshades in Riad Sapphire and Spa.

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Abdelaziz the wood turner, close Le Foundouk restaurant

Mohamed, our lampshade maker and skilled metal worker

The metal workers – making beautiful products in Marrakesh

Mustafa – skilled embroiderer

The herbalist from Paradise – with a cure for everything

Making babouches – that quintessential Moroccan slipper

Plasterers – a skill that is alive and well in Marrakesh

Abdelaziz the wood turner, close to Le Foundouk


You’ll see many of these wood turners as you wander around the old city of Marrakech – noticeable by their deft use of toes to turn wood into things useful, like barbecue skewers. Here Abdelaziz is fashioning me a good luck charm-all without electricity.

Mohamed, our lampmaker for Riad Sapphire and Spa, Marrakech


We are often asked about the lampshades in Riad Sapphire and Spa – you don’t see them for sale in the souks. So here is a small video about Mohamed our lampmaker. He can make what you want to-order.

He agreed to show us some of his skills – you will see lots of workshops like his as you wander the suqs of Marrakech. Later in the video, you will see another gifted craftsman fashion a beautiful copper lamp.

The metal workers in the souks of Marrakech


We visited the metal markets – some in plain view as you wander the souks – some more hidden away. It’s a noisy place, but fascinating.

Skilled embroidery using an old Singer machine


Using an old Singer machine, you’ll see how craftsman Mustafa transforms a simple garment into something rich and stylish. Located in the old city, medina, of Marrakech.

Herboriste du Paradis–the herbalist from Paradise


Saïd “Maroc Telecom”, so-called he tells us because he spends so much time on the phone, showing off his wares in his store near the Musee de Marrakech. He has treatments for lots of ailments and sells also an array of herbs and spices.

The makers of babouches – Marrakesh

Short video on the making of babouches – filmed in one of the many backstreet workshops in the suqs of the old city of Marrakech, Morocco.

Plasterwork – a skill alive and well in Marrakech


Morocco is famous for its intricate plasterwork. Buildings have real plaster walls rather than drywall. It is another skill that is alive and well in Marrakesh adding architectural details that make Moroccan architecture so beautiful. A short video on the skill of plastering in Marrakech.