Wandering through the labyrinthic streets in the medina of Marrakech


In last few years wandering through the labyrinthic streets in the medina of Marrakech I met few makers whose work I deeply admire. Every single piece they make is unique and handmade with patience and intention, every single imperfection in their pieces is due to be celebrated.

Moroccan pompom blankets have always catched my eyes. While I was enjoying of the touch of a beautiful blanket  hanged on a door a man with a gente smile appeared behind that door.

moroccan pompom blankets handmade in Morocco perfect for the bohemian modern home

moroccan pompom blankets handmade in Morocco perfect for the bohemian modern home

moroccan pompom blankets handmade in Morocco perfect for the bohemian modern home

moroccan pompom blankets handmade in Morocco perfect for the bohemian modern home

moroccan pompom blankets handmade in Morocco perfect for the bohemian modern home

When I met this man I didn’t undernstand how those moroccan blankets were made but he lovingly took me into his atelier to show me how he created them. The atelier was located in one of the most ancient buildings in the medina. I walked with him  through a couple of doors and climbed a narrow spiral stairs and there I could admire blankets, pillows, rugs and bales of wool and cotton. Everything was different from what I have seen before: the shape, the cut, the finish captured my attention. All the pieces were different from one another. There was no sign of mass production. Every ítem was unique and guaranteed to be the highest quality posible. Soon we were joined by a boy whose kindness to show me the details was stricking. He invited me to a sweet and steamy mint tea while he explained me how the wool was sourced, how the colors were chosen and the uses of every piece. After the second tea the conversations turned about whises, family and dreams.

That day I left the atelier with a feeling of happiness, a wish of wanting to go back to discover more, to listen their stories and spend some time sharing a pot of mint tea. This atelier was definitely an inviting place to learn, create and share a pleasant time. As I got to know more about was going on in that ancient place, I learned that they design every blanket and pillow carefully but also they can create special collections following the client’s special requriments thanks to their expertise.

Today our pompom blankets and pillows are handwoven on traditional wooden looms in this ancient atelier with the finest quality wool by soulful artisans in wooden looms following the ancient tradition.

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Siempre veía en las revistas mantas muy pomposas, tejidas en lana natural, de distintos colores, con pompones enormes a ambos lados, pero nunca sabía dónde encontrarlas hasta que un día paseando por la medina de Marrakech encontré una de estas mantas colgada de una puerta de un antiguo taller. No pude resistirme a acercarme y a disfrutar del suave tacto de la pura lana. Entonces apareció un hombre detrás de la puerta, tenía una sonrisa amable, brillo en los ojos y las manos marcadas por el paso del tiempo. Me invitó a pasar. Tras atravesar varias puertas y subir al piso de arriba por una escalera de caracol de baldosas resquebrajadas llegamos a su antiguo taller.

Allí, en uno de los edificios más antiguos de la medina, me enseñó cómo tejía con una antigua rueca de madera, cómo hilaba la lana y cómo la teñía. Nunca había tenido el placer de admirar todo el proceso. Todo era diferente a cómo lo había podido haber imaginado, el corte, los tejidos y sobre todo el tacto me cautivaron. Todas las piezas eran diferentes. Allí no había rastro del fast fashion. Más tarde Khalid apareció con una bandeja, tres vasos y una tetera rebosante de azúcar y hojas de menta. Charlamos sentados sobre alfombras sobre cómo lavaban la lana, cómo elegían los colores y los usos de cada pieza. Después del segundo vaso de té, conversamos sobre sus vidas en la medina, la familia y los sueños.

Después del tercer vaso de té, volví al Riad feliz y con el deseo de volver al atelier para descubrir más, para escuchar sus historias y para compartir otro vaso de té.  Este lugar tenía un encanto sencillo, lleno de retales y madejas de lana y algodón por todos lados.

Hoy nuestras mantas y almohadones de pompom se tejen en este antiguo taller artesano en la medina de Marrakech en telares de madera siguiendo la antigua tradición con lana y algodón natural de la mejor calidad.


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  • Anna Simonet

    You made me travel through your words and you created a real need for me to have one of these blankets…!


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