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Moroccan Wedding Blankets

Vintage Moroccan wedding blankets, also known as handira or tamizart, have been popular with interior designers and stylists for some time.  The neutral colour palette of the blankets makes them an extremely versatile addition to a bedroom or sitting room.  They add elegance, texture, pattern, glamour and sparkle and can be used in a variety of ways: as a coverlet or footer on a bed, over the back of a sofa or a chair, as a stylish headboard, a casual throw or as a wall hanging.  Have a look at the Pinterest board below for some ideas on how you can use wedding blankets in your home.  Scroll down the Pinterest board with your mouse to see all the images.

Hand Woven By The Mother Of The Bride For Her Wedding Day

There are different types wedding blanket in Morocco.  The cream and white variety comes from the mid Atlas mountains where they are hand-woven by the mother of the bride and her female relatives in preparation for her wedding day. They are woven from local wool and cotton in a natural palette of cream and white and can take several weeks or months to complete.  Each piece is unique and reflects the skill and creativity of the weaver.  Many blankets feature bands of kilim weaving, sometimes concealed by cotton fringing on the front but visible on the back.  These coloured kilim bands often contain talismanic symbols conveying the hopes of the bride’s mother for her future prosperity, fertility and happiness.

 

Each sequin is sewn on by hand.  The sequins form small clusters or rows or both and are said to ward off the evil eye.  It’s also possible that their similarity to small coins is intended to symbolise future wealth.  They also reflect the light whether it’s the light of the fire in the evening or daylight sun.

 

The blankets are worn like capes either over the head or around the shoulders and tied at the neck.  They are traditionally worn by the bride on her journey to her husband’s home.  After the marriage they are used as bed or wall coverings to decorate the marital home.

Our stock of vintage Moroccan wedding blankets is constantly changing but you can see a selection below.

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Photos: Kristy Noble and Dave Bullivant

You can see our full range of vintage Moroccan wedding blankets here and our range of cushions from vintage Moroccan wedding blankets here.  We think that as well as adding glamour to your home they would make a wonderful wedding present.

How To Create A Cosy Home This Christmas

Tips On Creating A Cosy Home

I’m typing this post wrapped in one of our cosy waffle throws to block out the blast of cold air coming through ancient wooden French doors and cursing myself for not ordering replacement wooden doors and windows earlier in the year.

As a sun-loving Leo I struggle with the cold, dark,winter months so I like to create a cosy home where I can hibernate until the mild weather arrives.  For me the key essentials are warmth, lighting, colour and wintry scents.  Take a look at the Pinterest visuals above for ideas.  To see the full board use the scroll bar on the right hand side.

Warmth

  •  A roaring wood fire or burner helps create a cosy feel but older homes can still be draughty so the trick is to layer the textiles in your home.  Add wool blankets and throws to sofas so  you can curl up under them.  Pile on the cushions so you sink into them
  • If you have wooden, tiled or laminate flooring, add some deep pile rugs and runners for warmth and softness underfoot
  • Layer your bedding by adding coverlets, blankets and kantha throws for extra warmth and texture.  Increase the number of pillows too for extra comfort.

Lighting

  •  When it’s dark outside add extra table lights inside to create pools of light
  • Add clusters of candles to create a warm glow.  Use metallic candle holders in brass, copper and silver to reflect the light
  • String fairy lights over mirrors and mantlepieces, loop them along walls or cascade them down windows to create a magical Christmassy feel.

Colour

  • Introduce some warmer colours in the form of throws, cushions, a tablecloth or rug.  Browns, russets, pinks, reds, oranges and some yellows will all create a warmer feel.

Scent

  • Scent your home with woody, spicy smells.  I like Diptyque’s Cannelle and Amber candles
  • I add to this with large bunches of eucalyptus which I use in pots, on the mantelpiece, in wreaths, on my dining table and for gift wrapping (I prefer natural decorations).
  • Finally, there’s nothing like a real pine Christmas tree to create a wonderful woody aroma.

Five Ways To Create An Outdoor Space

It looks as if it is going to be a scorcher this weekend so today’s post is about how to create an outdoor space, somewhere you can sit, relax and enjoy the sunshine.  It’s easy to do and as you will see from the images below, it’s possible to convert even the smallest balcony into an outdoor living space.

 

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Five ways to create an outdoor space

Image Source: 1 and 2 DigsDigs.com, 3. Smittenstudioonline.com  4. Liza Bruce’s home Elle Decor

 

How To Create Your Own Outdoor Space

 

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The five key ingredients to create an outdoor space are from top left:

 

Plants, planting and planters are key.  You don’t need a garden, you can create an exotic look on a balcony, roof terrace or yard with creative planting.  I’ve chosen the image of the entrance to a New York roof terrace, owned by Gray Davis and his partner and featured in Vogue Australia, to show how by planting large ferns and a mix of palms in planters you can transform a space and create a tropical look.

 

If you have a balcony choose plants that can go outside during summer months like this architectural cactus, top right, and mix the planters so that you have different styles and sizes. For interesting planters, which don’t cost a fortune, try your local antiques market.

 

Cushions, cushions and more cushions are essential for lounging and to add colour and texture to a space.  I like a mix of scatter cushions and floor cushions but prefer a limited colour palette to avoid things looking too busy.  Have a look at our collection, we have everything from exotic Moroccan prints and kilims, to hand-woven contemporary Mayan stripes, to vintage Kutch embroidery and bright and bold African prints, many of which are in our summer sale.

 

Rugs work well too with large floor cushions for lounging.  They add texture and delineate the space.  Just be prepared to roll them up quickly if the weather changes.

 

For seating, if you have space you could build a bench like Sarah Sherman Samuel and her partner from Smitten Studio (lifestyle photo 3).  If not, there are lots of wicker chairs around.  Ikea has some tropical rattan chairs similar to those in the second lifestyle image.

 

Baskets as platters or for reading matter will add additional texture and don’t take up too much space.  See our selection of handcrafted baskets here.

 

Lighting  – I like the idea of overhead festoon style lights and there are lots of choices available.  Solar powered fairly lights look magical too and our copper tea-lights, now in the sale, will add an extra sparkle.

 

Finally, if you don’t have an outside space, bundle up a blanket, our Moroccan Pom Pom  blankets make great picnic rugs and some cushions and head to the nearest park or beach.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

A Nomadic Chic Beach Home

The sitting room of this Santa Barbara beach home owned by Gina Tolleson cleverly mixes global textiles to create a nomadic chic look.  I think the secret to this look is to mix patterns, textures and textiles but keep to a limited colour palette.  Here the reds and oranges of the embroidered cushions, the floor rug and the lamp  work with the brown and neutral tones of the Moroccan rug on the sofa, and the natural wood of the sofa and tray.   You can read the full article here.

 

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Create Your Own Nomadic Chic Look

Here are some ideas for creating a similar look:

1.  A selection of vintage hand embroidered cushions from our Kutch collection.  |  2.  A vintage Azilal rug from our Rug Collection.  3.  Handcrafted copper meditation bowl.   4.  Moroccan Pom Pom blanket in natural from our Souk Collection.

 

C-Home photographer article Nancy Neil.

Valentine’s Day Gifts With A Global Twist

Handcrafted Gifts With A Global Twist

 

Why not give your loved one a handcrafted Valentine’s Day gift this year, something with a story behind it?

 

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For textile lovers, a hand embroidered cushions from our Kutch collection, like Advika, a vintage  Rabari embroidery cushion cover featuring heart-shaped motifs would make a wonderful gift.  The Rabaris are pastoral nomads living in Rajasthan and Gujurat with a distinctive style of embroidery which has been handed down from mother to daughter over generations.  Steeped in cultural tradition this is a statement cushion to cherish.

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If you are giving jewellery why not present it in one of our handcrafted Copper and Brass Trinket Boxes, which are perfect for storing chains, rings, earrings and cufflinks?  Each piece has been handcrafted by a Tambat coppersmith in Pune, India, using techniques dating back to the seventeenth century.  Tiny rows of uniform indentations on the surface, crafted with special hammers, create a mirror like appearance that reflects the light.

 

 

 

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For romantic nights in try our super warm Moroccan Pom Pom blankets from our Souk Collection.  These blankets are hand woven by Berber weavers and are designed to withstand the cold in the High Atlas mountains.   They are perfect for snuggling under on chilly winter nights.

 

Gift Ideas For Students

The Student Gift Edit

 

Stuck for a gift for the student in your family?  I’ve picked a bright selection of our handcrafted global  interior accessories which will bring colour and warmth to spartan student bedsits.  Choose from a selection of unique, one-of-a-kind silk screened cushions and floor cushions, super warm Berber pom pom blankets designed to withstand the cold of the High Atlas mountains and  quirky storage solutions.

 

 

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Gift ideas for students clockwise from top left:

1.  Large Storage Basket Bonakele £180  |  2. Trinket Box £22  |  3.Pom Pom Blanket Multicolour Stripe £149 – £183  |  4. Small Spiky Sea Urchin Vase White £25  |  5. Haimi Vintage Embroidered Floor Cushion Cover £110  |  6. Farida Berber Cushion Cover Orange Green £85  |  7. Nejma Berber Cushion Cover Orange £85   |  8. Berber Basket Green Orange £55  |  9. Namibian collection cushions and floor cushions £65 – £87

 

Winter Warmth

Winter Warmth With Our New Moroccan Pom Pom Blankets

The nights are drawing in and there is a distinct nip in the air so what better time to launch our new collection of Moroccan Pom Pom Blankets.

 

 

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Perfect for keeping warm on chilly nights, these blankets have been hand woven on traditional looms especially for Maud interiors in a town near Marrakesh in Morocco.  Hand woven using techniques passed down from father to son over generations, these thick woollen blankets were originally designed to keep out the cold in the High Atlas mountains.  They have been given a contemporary twist with the addition of large coloured pom poms at the head and foot of the blanket and look stylish over a duvet or as a throw over a sofa or chair.

 

The blankets are available in two sizes: 200cm x 300cm, which is suitable for a single bed or throw and 240cm x 300cm for a double bed.  They are available in five colour ways, natural shown above, natural and black shown below, multicolour stripes, natural and black (thin stripes with black pom poms) and natural and grey stripes.  Click here to see the collection.  We have a few blankets available now, the remainder are being hand woven and are due mid October.  To pre-order a blanket email info@maudinteriors.com.

 

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Photography: Kristy Noble

Styling: Hannah Bullivant