sábado, 18 de febrero de 2012
lunes, 4 de abril de 2011
lunes, 21 de marzo de 2011
jueves, 24 de febrero de 2011
The Djellaba, a typical robe that you cannot miss from the very first few seconds after arriving in Morocco. According to the many people we have met who have professed to be experts in many areas, there are three basic types of djellaba for men and two basic everyday options for women. For both sexes, the machzania or "government" djellaba is the most common throughout the country. For the men, there are also the northern and the southern djellaba, and for the women there is the kaftanlamic religion of Morocco is also a key factor in the way that Moroccan people dress. The djellaba covers the whole body and is therefore an acceptable modest outfit.
martes, 9 de noviembre de 2010
The Moroccan babouche is a very durable and comfortable leather slipper.Traditionally worn all over Morocco. Yellow is the traditional colour but the babouche also comes in many different colours. The traditional babouche has a pointed toe wereas the Berber babouche has a more rounded toe. The name babouche is also used for nearly all types of Moroccan slipper or shoe.
At Shop Morocco we offer Traditional and berber babouches, Plus a wide range of hand made babouches. Our close friend Driss has been making babouches in his home town Tangiers, for more than 40 years. His skill and craftmanship is unbeatable. Now working close with Shop Morocco, Driss makes babouches to order.
Slippers have been a traditional gift for many years especialy at Christmas, The hand made berber babouche is the perfect gift, warm, comfortable and durable. They look good too.
domingo, 7 de noviembre de 2010
jueves, 2 de septiembre de 2010
Argan oil is well known for it's anti-ageing properties, Due to high levels of Vitamin E and saponins, which soften the skin. It can help to reduce wrinkles by restoring the skin's water lipid layer and it also cools and soothes inflammation. Its antioxidant properties help to neutralise free radicals. Yet it does all this quite naturally.
It is known as the Tree of Life. For centuries it's been a well-kept secret known only to the Berber women who use it to nourish their skin, hair and nails. They also use it to soothe dry eczema, acne and psoriasis and stretch marks.
To get the maximum benefit from argan you should take it internally as well. It contains twice as much vitamin E as olive oil and is rich in antioxidants. It contains eight essential fatty acids and also rare plant sterols with anti-inflammatory properties, so it's beneficial for arthritic or rheumatic conditions.
The oil has a delicious nutty taste and is best used as a salad dressing, or drizzled over pasta – the health-giving properties are lost if it's heated. Shop Morocco
jueves, 11 de febrero de 2010
domingo, 17 de enero de 2010
The djellaba is the clasic Moroccan garment with a long sleeves and loosely fitting hooded. Although traditionally a outer robe. The light summer djellaba can be worn seperatly . Djellabas come in a variety of styles, patterns and colors, with equaly as many different materials.Typically, men traditionally wear a hat (kufi) or a red fez hat (tarboosh) and soft yellow leather slippers (babouche) with a djellaba.Women also wear djellabas. The hood is of vital importance for both sexes as it protects the wearer from the sun and in earlier times was used as a defence against sand being blown into the wearers face by strong desert winds. It is not uncommon for the hood to be used as an informal pocket during times of nice weather, and can fit loaves of bread or bags of groceries. Djellabas are made of a wide variety of materials, from cotton or rayon for summer-time djellabas to coarse wool for winter djellabas. The wool is typically harvested from sheep living in the surrounding mountains, sometimes goat or camel hair is added especially in the heavier winter djellabas. Then a long process of turning the wool into yarn is carried out (normally by hand). It is then woven in the fabric to create the garment. The djellaba is worn by both men and women; the men's style is generally baggier while a women's djellabas is generally tighter and can sport elaborate decorative embroidery in a variety of colors. Women normally add a head scarf. Almost all djellabas of both styles include a baggy hood called a 'cob' that comes to a point at the back. Traditionally Djellabas reach right down to the ground but nowadays they are becoming slimmer and shorter.
martes, 12 de enero de 2010
viernes, 3 de julio de 2009
Moroccan jewels and necklaces are the products of Moroccan artisans,whose work and skill draws on a deep wealth of Moroccan tradition.
They rely on their taste and talent to produce fine works of art, styles and colours. Useing materials traditional in each of their local communities. A skill that as been passed down from generation to generation.
martes, 16 de junio de 2009
Morocco’s appeal to travelers is Artisan normally available for a decent price. And, for those gifted with the art of bartering a even better price can be achieved. One of the most sought after items in Morocco are carpets. For those armed with the knowledge of what makes a quality carpet and a basic price range to begin the wheeling and dealing, buying a carpet in Morocco can be a rewarding experience (and make your living room look astounding).
Local Moroccan women who make the carpets often are not the ones who end up selling them. In some small villages, where women’s cooperatives exist, the women are involved in pricing and selling process. They might even have set prices, which are what many travelers prefer, especially if they aren’t into bargaining while sipping tea for two or more hours in a crowded medina alleyway.
Therefore, if possible, attempt to visit a local artisanal shop or women’s cooperative to have an idea of what prices are fair for different types of carpets. One type of carpet is the heavy woolen type that is available throughout the country. In Rabat, which is one epicenter for these types of carpets, travelers can search the medina – which happens to be one of the most laid-back souk areas in the entire country. These types of carpets are different than others you’ll find elsewhere in Morocco because of their design that holds true to basic Islamic Art patterns. Usually, these carpets have one central motif that works its way to a highly detailed border. Before looking at a carpets central theme, look over its border. If it is detailed, solid, and thick, then the carpet will cost more money than another without the same outer-edge workmanship.
Knowing the different prices for carpets is quite difficult. The rule goes: If a buyer is happy with the price, then it is a fair price to pay. While this thought process is a little different for western travelers who would rather have something fixed, you’ll begin to understand the mentality better after a few days’ experience in various marketplaces. An old antique carpet that is more than 50 years old, for example, will be worth quite a bit of money, especially if it has been taken care of and withstood the tests of time. Other, more modern carpets may appear bright and illustrious, but their colors will fade over time – something that actually adds to the original look and feel of the piece. Knowing the difference between what chemical and natural (or vegetable) dyes will help.
Overall, a carpet can be judged by how many knots it has per square meter (or yard). Excellent carpets that fetch the highest prices might have nearly 350,000 knots in it per square meter (or about 300,000 per square yard). This type of workmanship is hard to find, but can be had if one looks hard enough. If a carpet vendor claims that their carpets have more knots than this, then you know that it is a far-fetched tale. Additionally, outside of the Rabat region, carpets vary in length, design, and craftsmanship. With hundreds (if not thousands) of types available, it will be dependent upon your taste and ability to spot a well-made piece that determines what sort of carpet you’ll bring home. These patterns will include geometrical patterning and not have outlandish repetitions of the same design. These carpets are often called hanbels or kilims. Other carpets, which are thicker and well made, are called zaneefi designs, while a shoedwi is a type of carpet that is usually made up of mostly black and white designs.
At Shop Morocco we have a wide range of Moroccan Carpets