How to Decorate Your Home Like a Moroccan Riad
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.
Moroccan Wedding Ottoman
Meant to bring luck into a home, Moroccan wedding blankets are an easy—and yes, obvious—way to bring Berber tradition and design into your space. We love how the hand-knotted textile has been updated as an eye-catching, brass-based ottoman.
To buy: anthropologie.com, $1,298
Saffron Scented Candle
Bring the fragrant, spicy aroma of Marrakesh into your apartment or house with this World Market candle.
To buy: worldmarket.com, $10
Tasseled Accent Pillow
Support artisan craftsmen and women while infusing your home with a sense of place. Marrakesh-based Dounia Home is committed to offering contemporary riffs on classic Moroccan design (like this tasseled, hand-woven accent pillow).
To buy: ahalife.com, $150
Intricately embroidered cotton curtains—particularly in deep blue and turquoise—are reminiscent of Moroccan textiles.
To buy: anthropologie.com, from $108
Maroc Wall Mirrors
Twin, medallion-inspired mirrors bring light (and a subtle nod to Moorish architecture) into your space. We especially love the sandblasted nickel finish.
To buy: crateandbarrel.com, $359
Moroccan Wedding Blanket
Also known as handira, these hand-loomed, wool and sequined blankets are artifacts of Berber tradition. Use one as a cozy blanket or as a decorative item.
To buy: luluandgeorgia.com, $748
Wooden Marrakesh Floor Lamp
Upgrade your space with an attention-grabbing floor lamp, inspired by designer Jamie Young’s travels.
To buy: atgstores.com, $850
Painted Souk Spice Rack
Hung over a dining table or in you kitchen, this colorful spice rack is the perfect place to store or display traditional Moroccan spices (cumin, cloves, coriander, allspice).
To buy: worldmarket.com, $200
Gold Hand-Carved Console
Echoes of Moorish architecture and Bedouin tapestries can be found throughout this hand-painted mango wood console: a perfect perch for your television.
To buy: pier1.com, $330
Safi Tealight Holders
Some of Morocco’s best potters can be found in the coastal town of Safi, where these white clay candleholders were crafted.
To buy: worldmarket.com, from $18
Framed Blue Door Print
Photographer Jesse Leake captures Morocco’s iconic blue-painted doors in this wood-framed print. Take your home décor to the next level by washing your front door in a bold blue hue.
To buy: potterybarn.com, from $59
Be bold with this saturated, mixed-print sectional. A medina-inspired motif on velvet upholstery and kiln-dried wood make this a real conversation starter. Can be arranged as either a sofa and chair or a sectional.
To buy: anthropologie.com, $5,698
Embroidered Leather Pouf
Use it as extra seating or a comfy foot cushion. This hand-embroidered, Moroccan-style pouf is also available in 14 additional colors, including metallic bronze, dark brown, and teal.
To buy: luluandgeorgia.com, $205
Prepare—and serve—Moroccan stews in this traditional clay tagine, with a delicate, hand-painted design.
To buy: williams-sonoma.com $80
Tasseled Side Table
Details are everything in this attractive, lacquered wood side table. Tasseled drawer pulls, brass accents, and arched cutouts evoke the Moorish architecture of Marrakesh.
To buy: anthropologie.com, $398
Trio of Pendant Lamps
Three vintage, scalloped glass and sculpted metal pendant lamps can be hung throughout your home, or clustered together for a chandelier-like effect.
To buy: viyet.com, $720
Moroccan Tile Duvet Cover
Bring pattern and color to your bedroom with this bohemian cotton duvet cover. The medallion motif is fully reversible.
To buy: urbanoutfitters.com, from $129
White Laser-Cut Headboard
This laser-cut headboard evokes latticework in a light-filled riad.
To buy: westelm.com, from $499
Studded Leather Jewelry Box
Leather goods designer WOLF uses black leather and gold studs to recall the geometric patterns of Marrakesh.
To buy: ahalife.com, $349
Macramé Wall Hanging
Inspired by travels to the Atlantic-facing Moroccan city of Safi, this Magical Thinking macramé hanging is a playful window or wall accent.
To buy: urbanoutfitters.com, $199
Moorish Style Lantern
Hand-punched metal with an antique finish gives this lantern the look of an antique purchased at a bazaar. Complete the look (and soft mood lighting) by lighting a pillar candle.
To buy: worldmarket.com, $139
Woven Straw Placemats
Made-in-Morocco placemats are best used to serve traditional Moroccan fare to guests. We love the pop of color the tassels bring to traditional reed mats.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $20
Bone Inlay Coffee Table
A luxe addition to any living room, this Targua coffee table features an intricate bone tile pattern and an antique brass base.
To buy: anthropologie.com, $1,498
Sheesham wood and white resin coasters are meant to evoke Moroccan tile work, and add graphic interest to any table.
To buy: crateandbarrel.com, $25 for four
Futon and Slipcover
Transform a basic day sofa into global inspired statement furniture with this World Market exclusive. Pair the intricate gray print with colorful throw pillows and blankets.
To buy: worldmarket.com, from $90
Blue Jute Boucle Rug
Natural jute fibers are flat-woven and printed in a Moroccan-style lattice design. The gray-blue tone makes it an almost neutral backdrop for your home.
To buy: worldmarket.com, from $38
Quatrefoil Shower Curtain
Cynthia Rowley’s blue ombre shower curtain, with repeating quatrefoil diamonds, is a great way to introduce traditional Moroccan patterns into your bathroom.
To buy: amazon.com, $44
Abstract Marrakesh Print
Artist Phyllis Ellis reimagines frenetic Marrakesh as an abstract acrylic painting. This reproduction captures the vibrant hues and personality of the city.
To buy: crateandbarrel.com, $550
Put a literal piece of Morocco on display in your home with this glittering crystal. Sourced from Morocco, just crack open your rock to reveal your unique geode.
To buy: urbanoutfitters.com, $39
Named for the Moroccan city of Fez, this patterned pillow brings visual interest to even the most drab sofa.
To buy: atgstores.com, $67
Reclaimed Tiles Wallpaper
Recreate the look of a weathered, Moroccan tile wall with this large-scale, watercolor removable wallpaper: perfect for either rentals or forever homes.
To buy: atgstores.com, $105