Officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco; this North African nation is full of vibrant colours, rich history, and unforgettable natural beauty. With a coastline that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, its influences belong to that of the Berber, Arabian, and European cultures.
Since the first Moroccan state was founded in 788 AD, Morocco has had a history of independence – unlike any of its neighbours. Managing to remain the only North African country to escape the rule of the Ottoman Empire in the 1500s, Morocco has emerged a colourful smorgasbord rich in culture, religion, literature, textiles, and artisanal crafts.
The Endless Erg
Amatuli explored the vast sands of the Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga deserts, before making our way to every historical town, tavern, and bustling souk in the Maghreb region. The distinctive and breath-taking scenery of the Erg, “desert dune fields”, is defined by gorges, earthy architecture, and spectacular Saharan sand dunes.
We sat in awe, listening to the stories of those who call the desert their home.
Exploring the country’s historical towns, one can quickly see how the indigenous Berber culture has brought tribal art to life in their ceramics and textiles. Their pottery is covered with complex, geometric, arabesque-rich patterns; Amatuli could not help but indulge in these iconic bowls and basins.
Morocco has been called a “tapestry of cultures”, and nowhere is that more noticeable than in their textile arts. Berber carpets were historically hand-woven by Moroccan women, who tended to favour geometric and abstract patterns.
Whether it was from the Jewish community that fled the Spanish Inquisition in 1492 or the spiritual reminder of the sky and the heavens, the colour blue has deep roots in Moroccan culture. The quirky, mountainside magical blue city Chefchaouen is both alluring and relaxed with an artsy and authentic feel.
The Islamic traditions inherited from Arab neighbours have significantly shaped the architecture of the cities. Zellige tiling adorns Moroccan buildings, floors, and fountains with elaborate “mosaiced” geometric patterns with natural tones.
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