DESTINATION GUIDE: MOROCCO STYLE & SHOPPING by ANUSH MIRBEGIAN
DESIGN BY REBECCA JOHNSON
DESTINATION GUIDE: MOROCCO HOTEL, TRANSPORTATION, & FOOD by ANUSH MIRBEGIAN DESTINATION GUIDE: MOROCCO ARTS & CULTURE by ANUSH MIRBEGIAN
  STYLE:

Maison du Kaftan in Fes or any other traditional clothing shop. I found it was helpful to come with an idea of what you are looking for. If you saw someone on the street wearing a particular color or pattern you liked, snap a photo and show it at the shop. These vendors usually have loads more in the back. Also, I found myself liking the mens traditional attire and I had to get very specific about what I wanted to find but mission accomplished.
 
SHOPS:

Every city we visited had incredible souks to shop. They are the perfect place to start looking around at what is on offer. The rug souk in Marrakech was particularly wonderful and on Saturdays you can see the vendors participate in a rug auction.
 
For traditional hand made and painted pottery, make a stop by Art Naji in Fes where you can see the artisan process. This is also the place for mosaic work, which can be customized for your own home.
 
You will start to see brightly hued upholstery fabrics covering riad interiors when you arrive in Morocco and the best place to pick up a couple yards for yourself is Maison Bencherif in Fes.
 
Amazonite in Marrakech is a highly curated antique shop that takes great pride and attention to all its pieces. Often selling to major museums worldwide, the selections include Berber jewelry, furniture, carpets and paintings from Morocco and other parts of Africa. If you can get the owner Saba to start telling you stories about her range, you are in for a real treat.
 
DESIGN:

Our very last stop before flying back to New York was the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. One of the only mosques in the country that allows non-worshippers to enter, it is a grand testament to the ten thousand pairs of artisan hands that helped construct it. A blend of Islamic architecture with Moroccan elements in marble, granite, wood and plaster is perched on the harbor facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is an awe-inspiring place and the perfect image to leave lingering in your minds eye as you depart.
 
 
BEST SOUVINER:

Our local guide Ismail quickly turned into my fashion inspiration when I saw how impeccable he looked in the traditional Moroccan clothing. I hounded him for the names of all the garments so I could get my hands on them. One was a gandora, which is very similar to a kaftan and I found it hunting through piles at the Maison du Kaftan in Fes. I’ve been wearing it constantly since having been back and it never fails to transport me.
 
August 2013