Morocco is renowned for its handcrafts, thanks in large part to the patronage of the Almoravid dynasty, which lasted from 1040 CE to 1147 CE. The ruling class invested deeply into learning and skilled artisans honed techniques that were passed down through generations. Later support from the Marinid sultanate kept the practice alive as the world became an increasingly global community – or, at the very least, aware of one another. Aesthetically inclined collectors in the surrounding regions made efforts to acquire Moroccan vessels for display in their riads, palazzi and villas.
In cities like Fez, Marrakech, Meknes, and Rabat, ancient technique persists. Over the past several hundred years, Moroccan artisans have produced some of the most lucid and profane household objects in the known world. Casa Berbere has assembled a choice collection of chic Moroccan objects that elevate a space’s savoir-vivre, that conjure the wafting scent of open-air spice barrels and the sultry tangerine melodies echoing through ancient medinas beneath an altar of fantastically thin palm trees.
As we resume our sourcing travels in the coming months, we will document our experiences in the cradles of these creations and in lesser-known villages, exploring the refuges of the craftspeople who produce these sublime legacies.
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