The typical Moroccan town house has many bedrooms, to accommodate family gatherings and parties of all sizes! The bedrooms themselves, however, are usually quite modest in size.
One master bedroom, two at most, may come with an en suite dressing/study space. Guest rooms are normally much smaller, since people spend most of their time in the living-room and walkways, or around the pool. Depending on available light and position, walls may be plastered with natural earth or white lime.
Ceilings may be plastered, or a combination of beams with whitewashed earth plaster. Air-conditioning is rarely required in the bedrooms thanks to their thick rammed-earth walls. A small fireplace, on the other hand, makes a welcome addition on cold winter nights.
BEDROOMS OF A MODEST SIZE
The traditional Moroccan bedroom is typically narrow, its width limited by the available length of the tree trunk (olive or argan) used for the beams. Today’s bedrooms are more spacious thanks to the use of Cyprus trees, which have much longer trunks.
Bedrooms make ideal showcases for the wool carpets and blankets woven by the Berber tribeswomen who live in the mountains and desert.
Light fittings, including hanging, wall-mounted and bedside lamps, are specially designed to produce a soft light that flatters the architecture. Simple, functional furniture adds the finishing touch – either painted wood or natural walnut and palm, sourced locally.
LIVING SPACES FASHIONED FROM EARTH…