I hope to see you in Amsterdam. I have a pop-up store in Amsterdam between 23 Mai and 26 Mai.
Totally in love with this picture and beautiful old Moroccan lamp. Styling by Swedish interior designer Marie Olsson Nylander.
A little bit to the right this time, Tunisia. I have never been in Tunisia but it always look so bright and blue on the photos. This guest house, Dar Bibine, belongs to the Belgium couple Isabelle and Gerard, lawyer and architect.
Moroccan style is not always about colours. I love this kitchen. Sober and simple. The big Moroccan trays are also great. We have beautiful trays like these selected ourselves for El Ramla Hamra
In 2011 I wrote also about the roses in Morocco. But with this cold that is still present I can use some summer inspiration. These beautiful photos give me a happy feeling.
A few years ago when I brought my first visit to Morocco, we made a tour through a large part of Morocco. One in particular is Kelaa ait M’Gouna, the ”Rose water capital” , located in the Valley of Roses. Here bloom every year from early April beautiful roses. The region is famous for its perfumes and cosmetics based on rosewater and the hospitality of the people. Kelaa ait M’gouna is the centre of rose production, with two large factories for rose water.
In this region grows ”la Rosa Damascena”. This rose is known for its excellent resistance to cold and drought, but most of her fragrance.
The Rosa Damascena is the most widely-used rose in perfumery. Rose water is not only used for it fragrance but also for Moroccan traditional cooking.
In the month of May is the annual Festival of Roses, at which the rose-harvest is celebrated. The city is perfumed with roses, the women are beautiful dressed and they dance folkloric.
Currently 3 to 4 thousand tons of roses are harvested each year. In order to make one single litre of rose water, there are needed about 3000 kilo of rose petals. Not strange that pure rose water is pretty expensive. There are 4200 km of rose hedges, with the capacity of only 1400 litre of rose water.
The festival is held in early May. If you’re in Morocco by coincidence it’s really worth going there.
Photos by C.Tréal
I love neutrals, whites and blacks but sometimes you also need some colour in your life. thats why I love the Moroccan boucherouite rugs.
The rugs are made from recycled materials such as cotton, nylon and wool textiles. Each rug has a beautiful unique pattern. For our shop El Ramla Hamra we have specially selected some lovely vintage boucherouite rugs.
There are no rules for the boucherouite. They are all different in colours and patterns. Some with lovely pastels and some with bright colours. These days new rugs are made inspired by the boucherouite. But my preference goes out to the rug with a history. So we only select vintage rugs.
We have just taken new photos, include this sample photos of the boucherouite rugs, in collaboration with photographer and stylist Paulina Arcklin.
Spring yellow! I was viewing my old photos of Morocco. I have a lot of them as you know and thought maybe it would be nice to share again a few of them with you. I selected some photos all made in Marrakech with a yellow accent.
The sunsets are beautiful in Morocco as you can see. In the old medina you will find clothes to dry in the sun in all colours. Melons and other fresh fruit everywhere. At the old medina you will find cereals, rugs, Moroccon shoes, saffron and much much more.
And the moped…like bikes in Amsterdam.
Images: Melanie el Haddad
Okay it’s still winter here in Holland and complaining doesn’t give positive energy, but….
…I want the spring, sun, flowers, going outside etc. When I see this beautiful images in Ibiza made by Heidi Lerkenfeldt I almost can feel the warmth of the sun. I love the fresh whites and the Moorish/ Moroccan details. It makes want to feel the spring sun even more. Do you see the beautiful Beni Ouarain rug again?… perfectly styled.
Love this location. It’s available for photo shoots but also for holiday rental. It’s in Essaouira Morocco. A nice mix of styles and beautiful accents of colours. Simple can be so beautiful.
I have changed my living room. Finally I have painted my floor white. Im so happy with the result. Now it’s my living room. I always had the feeling that it was the floor of the previous occupant.
My Moroccan lounge corner I have changed also. It was time because it was for 4 years the same and thats a long time for me. I have made my working space also in the living room because the light is here so perfect. We have the luck that we have a big living room.
This time I have chosen for black & white. I have made one little wall black I like the effect. I think it’s chic but also robust. What do you think of my new corner?
Images: Melanie el Haddad