Décor inspired by the Red City.
Soaring archways, zellige tile work, fragrant courtyards, Moorish lattices: these are the images we conjure in our minds when we picture Marrakesh. Also known as the Red City, it’s impossible not to find inspiration in this pink-colored North African city, particularly the frenzied souks and historic medina.
Founded in 1070 by a Berber dynasty, the medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a stunning display of Morocco’s globally influenced architecture and design. Travelers can admire cultural remnants from the Berber Kingdom, the Moors, and even a contemporary French occupation, making it possible to see horseshoe arches, pisé bricks, carved metal and wood doors, and interior courtyards all in one city.
As part of a new series, Travel + Leisure is seeking design and décor influences from cities and countries across the globe. To decorate your house like Marrakesh—a Saharan oasis in the shadows of the Atlas Mountains—you must look to a number of different cultures, religions, and empires.
In fact, this is true of Morocco at large: Islamic influence is evident in the sky-piercing minarets, intricate zellige tiles, and floral arabesques across the country, while seaside Tamuda Bay feels distinctly European. And cobalt-hued Chefchaouen wasn't painted blue until Jewish refugees fled to the city as recently as the 1930s.
From blankets, tapestries, and rugs to candle holders and shower curtains, let these global pieces transform your home into a light-filled riad plucked straight out of Marrakesh.