Moroccan Craft Shop
Online store of products from Moroccan crafts, Cheap design and decoration with a wide choice of supplies and items made in Morocco at an affordable price. Specializing in the sale of Moroccan handicrafts, the shop offers a varied choice at very attractive prices.
You will find a multitude of decorative objects: Moroccan pouf, tagine, Arabic stickers, tea service, jewelry and ready to wear, argan oil cosmetic, Moroccan lamp, lantern, traditional ashtray , personalized Arabic calligraphy , wrought iron furniture, Moroccan zellige table , other ornaments and oriental decorative objects handmade.
Online whole stores of Moroccan handicraft supplies
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A large catalog of slippers for men, women and children. Stylish, with heels and in different colors
Scented candles, handmaded by professional Moroccan artisans, full of colors and natural scents
Whether sheep, goat, calf or camel, Moroccan leather lends itself to all uses in leather goods and, under the hand of meticulous master craftsmen
Ghassoul or rhassoul Black soap with olive oil, argan oil, fenugreek oil, castor oil, prickly pear or even nigella seeds … as much natural beauty products used for centuries by Moroccan, Berber and urban women to take care of their skin and hair.
Decorative Moroccan craft items developed through the precise work and finished by hand of artisans. Tea table art, potter, silverware, ashtray, marquetry
An interior worthy of the Arabian Nights. Soft lights and saturated colors. This is an intimate oriental atmosphere worthy of a thousand and one nights. Worked in wrought iron, copper, brass or other alloys, the lamps of Moroccan craftsmanship can only create a most relaxing atmosphere, between traditional and modern. So make your choice in this selection of Morocco Decoration Crafts of lighting.
History of craftsmanship in Morocco
Moroccan and Berber crafts
Morocco has a very rich craft industry revealing an ancestral tradition still very much alive. Berber crafts have therefore inherited a sumptuous know-how transmitted from one generation to another with ardor and passion. It is mainly represented by objects that are both sublime and useful in everyday life. These are creations of pottery, ceramics, wood, jewelry, tapestry, textiles and leather goods. Some handmaded creations are influenced by oriental or even Arab-Andalusian traditions.
Each Moroccan city has its own creations, among others:
Carpets from Rabat
– Rabat is known for its traditional and the embroideries with very original and complex patterns used for household linen and some clothes just like Fez and Tétouan.
The proportions and composition of carpets are generally related to the use and the location for which they are intended. The value of a carpet is judged by the number of knots or threads in the warp and weft that form the background fabric. We must distinguish urban carpets from rural carpets.
Among the first, the most famous are those of Rabat composed of drawings of oriental influence.
The so-called rural or Berber carpets are made of high wool with knotted stitches, artistically colored, and have geometric patterns, often diamond-shaped.
Embroidery of the cities in the north
The art of embroidery has particularly developed in the northern cities: Fez, Meknes, Rabat, Salé, Chefchaouen, Tétouan and Azzemmour. Each of these cities, having undergone influences of different origins, has distinguished its technique by typical choices of colors, ornamental patterns and patterns of dots.
Thus, Fez is renowned for its silk embroidery on linen and cotton, for its embroidery of gold threads on silk or cotton or satin veils decorated with metallic threads.
Meknes is known for its embroideries in warm colors executed on muslin supports. Rabat is distinguished by a large repertoire inherited from Andalusia.
Leather in Fez and Marrakech
The very famous leather goods in Fez and Marrakech; Traditional slippers and Moroccan pouf.
Fes and Safi Pottery
Pottery, one of the first craft activities of humanity, is to be discovered in Safi and Fez;
Jewelry of Tiznit, Agadir, Goulimine, Laâyoune, Taroudant and Essaouira
The jewelry is divided into city and rural jewelry. The first are generally in finely chiseled gold with patterns. They are made by artisans grouped in specialized districts of large cities.
Rural people are made in the south mainly in Tiznit, Agadir, Goulimine, Laâyoune, Taroudant and Essaouira with silver. The southern regions are famous for their enameled silver jewelry. Generally, the value of a piece of jewelry is measured by weight, regardless of the quality or quantity of work. Often decorated like jewelry, daggers with curved blades are the most common.
Brass or copper objects are made in Marrakech, Fez and Tétouan.
The handicrafts are all produced by hand, with machines and tools that have remained largely traditional, which gives each creation a unique and perfectly authentic character.
Moroccan artisanal production
Moroccan artisanal production is based on strong traditions and offers a variety of products ranging from simple utility object to art object.
zelliges, plasters, wood
Architecture is a prominent element of Moroccan craftsmanship. Indeed, it allows artists and craftsmen to produce magnificent masterpieces (zelliges, plasters, wood …) give a majestic aspect to Moroccan cities.
For centuries, more than 40 corporations have worked with materials such as wood, copper, ordinary or precious metal, stone and have acquired unique know-how.
Silver and jewelry:
The work of jewelry is considered an art. The models evolve over time according to the fashions and the inspirations of the craftsmen. Fibulas, rings, bracelets, earrings, belts … golden, silver, amber, chiseled, embellished with stones … Moroccan jewelry accompanies women throughout their lives. They are negotiated by the piece or by weight.
Wood and marquetry:
Frames, candlesticks, jewelry boxes, boxes, chessboards, tables… or, grander, decorative panels, screens, doors,… are made from carved cedar wood or from thuja roots and lemon, orange or d wood. ebony for marquetry. Spoons, ladles, cutlery, mussels….
Embroidery is one of the defining characteristics of Moroccan crafts. Each region, even each city, has its own style, its technique. Embroidery is reserved
Moroccan art: the city dweller and the rural
Moroccan art can be classified into two categories: the city dweller and the rural. City art is steeped in traditions imported from the East or even from Muslim Spain. The oriental influence is seen in particular in carpets, fabrics and embroidery while the Andalusian contribution can still be seen in the arts of ceramics, metal, wood and leather. Rural or Berber arts have a more “primitive” aspect. Objects often have a utilitarian function: furniture, tools, utensils essential to daily life and some ornaments for community celebrations.
Moroccan handicraft wood
The use of wood as a building material is a very widespread tradition which dates back to the Idrissid period, therefore around the 7th century. In fact, wood is used for the construction of mosques, monuments, houses and buildings. The sculptors transform the wood into real masterpieces with rich and original patterns. In addition to its captivating beauty, the wood gives off a pleasant fragrance in the room it composes.
Woodworking is considered a refined art in Morocco which requires a lot of meticulousness and patience. Woodworking is possible thanks to the presence of trees such as cedar, pine, beech and olive. Several trees are present in Morocco especially in the valleys and mountains.
It was not until the 12th century and the Merinids from the eastern steppes that carved woodwork became an art in its own right. Many painted, carved, or turned woodwork elements adorn mosques, monuments and beautiful Moroccan residences. They are used in the most exquisite way for ceilings, friezes, wall panels, moucharabiehs … As for decorative objects (chessboards, small boxes, animals …), they have made the reputation of cities like Essaouira, Azrou and Tétouan.
Moroccan handicraft pottery
Pottery is one of the first craft activities of humanity. The duality between the Berber heritage, on the one hand, and the Hispano-Moorish influence, on the other hand, is found in the techniques used as well as in the patterns and the decorations which decorate the clay pieces. In Morocco, this centuries-old tradition has risen to the rank of an art rarely equaled. There are three major categories: urban pottery, with sumptuous models, mostly made in Fez, Safi and Rabat – Salé and two rural potteries from the north and south, both useful, the first the former had been widely practiced by women while the latter by men . The three main production centers for pottery and ceramics in Morocco are represented by Fez, Safi and Salé.
Fez pottery :
It is especially potters found in Fez. In fact, it is a family affair, learning to make pottery is done from father to son. The transfer is carried out so well from one generation to the next that it is possible to note similarities between the products of the same large family, whether in terms of proportions or patterns.
The production of pottery and ceramics from the Safi region is more popular, less meticulous and in greater quantity than in Fez. It is also this type of ceramic that is used to represent Moroccan craftsmanship and it is surely because it is closer to the conception of modern aesthetic beauty.
The art products of this region are much duller and come from a completely diverse influence of the products common to the other two regions. Ceramics is less classic and less virtuoso but just as original, it was especially in demand in the 70s.
Moroccan crafts architecture
The craftsmen of traditional architecture perpetuate traditions which date, for the most part, to Moorish Spain. Far from giving in to standardization, traditional architectural art has managed to retain its identity. Thus the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, was able to pay tribute to the talent of thousands of craftsmen and ensure the recognition of these ancestral techniques. The different artistic forms of Arab-Muslim art find their full development in traditional Moroccan architecture. Indeed, architecture allows artists and artisans to create magnificent masterpieces. If the models of the city tend to invade the architecture of the countryside, the rural world has its own artistic expression (blue houses of ChefChaouen). The arrangement of zelliges, plaster and wood gives the town house an appearance of exuberant richness. On the other hand, they give the kasbahs and other rural lodgings a gaiety which contrasts with the austerity and the simplicity of the materials used.
Tapestry Moroccan crafts
The origin of tapestry goes back to the dawn of time. Used both as an object of protection against the cold but also as an art object in its own right, we can consider that in Morocco two families of carpets are distinguished: city carpets (subject to stamping), from Rabat or of Mediouna, and the rural carpets, of the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas and the Haouz of Marrakech. The art of the carpet was enriched by all the creations due to the craftsmen of the different populations and the multiple dynasties which followed one another. Each carpet, even a contemporary one, is both the bearer of an ancient tradition and a work of unique creation. . Each Moroccan region makes carpets with their own characteristics. Varying according to sizes and colors, carpet making is a popular tradition in Morocco. Only the best materials are used and this partly justifies the high cost of these works. Knotted rugs are the most popular and come from everywhere. What makes them all original and intriguing is the meaning of the patterns they present.
Textil Moroccan handicraft textiles
Weaving appeared in Morocco from 1500 BC. Since then, textiles, served by a wide variety of materials, have been the flagship of Moroccan craftsmanship. The different forms of textile crafts range from the simple weaving that adorns the bodies, to the most refined decorative items. The textiles of the Moroccan tribes are among the most dazzling and impressive on the African continent. The rhythmic variations of the patterns, the vibrations of the colors, the variety of the textures and the power they give off make them one of a kind. Urban textiles have nothing to envy: the beautiful embroideries of Fez compete with those of Rabat, Salé and Meknès or Tétouan. It should be noted that women’s outfits for parties (caftan) are real works of art made to measure and by hand by real craftsmen.
Jewelry and metals
Here too, we must distinguish urban jewelry from rural jewelry. Urban jewels are generally in finely chiseled gold with patterns, mostly floral, very slightly hollowed out, enhanced with precious stones often in cabochon (emeralds, diamonds, garnets, very clear rubies called “Fez”), they can reach a large magnificence. They are mostly used for women. The jewelry for them is an essential complement to their holiday attire. Men, meanwhile, most often use silver jewelry. Rural jewelry, in the countryside, especially in the South, the taste for adornment is very lively, and Berber jewelry also has its sumptuousness. The most beautiful are in silver, others are in bronze despite this they retain great nobility. They are of exceptional purity of lines, with their geometric designs and sometimes some floral patterns. Glassware and colored wax often replace gems and enamel. In addition to jewelry, metalwork essentially includes ironwork (use of iron for the production of grids, windows, balconies in particular), damascening (from Syria, inlaying metal with smooth or twisted copper wires, silver and gold), brassware (stamped pieces), and the work of nickel silver (alloy of copper, zinc and nickel, whose white luster recalls that of silver). The metals used in all these trades are silver, copper and their derivatives.
Silver jewelry is mainly present in the south, in Agadir, Taroudant, Tiznit, Goulimine, Laâyoune, and Essaouira where the metal is in the form of balls or powder. The brassware and ironwork are found in cities, particularly in Fez, where they participate in the architecture of large buildings: palaces, mosques … You can also see the copperworkers at work in the souks where they sell trays, lanterns enhanced with colored glass and various containers that they have chiseled or damasked.
The patterns found on Moroccan jewelry are inspired by various cultural influences that coexist in Morocco such as the Orient, Africa and Europe
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