Marrakech has long been a permanent getaway for the European creative set. Larger than life personalities like Keith Richards, Anita Pallenberg and Yves Saint Laurent, created lavish homes and escapes that combined expressive elements of both Moroccan and Islamic design with rare antiques and Berber textiles. The results were often extravagant feasts for the eyes and a seduction of the senses. We?ve selected a few of our favorite expat abodes, they may just inspire you to move to Morocco.
Designer Liza Bruce and her husband, artist Nicholas Alvis Vega came to Morocco over ten years ago and discovered an abandoned riad just south of Marrakech. Working with local artisans, Vega and his crew handcrafted Islamic elements around African antiques. The results are airy and colorful, a sanctuary outside the center of bustling Marrakech.
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Emulating her own personal maximalist fashion styling, Italian Countess, Marta Marzotto, adds that same over the top touch to her home in Marrakech, located on the outskirts of the city at Bab Doukkala. Rose du Desert, her expertly resorted riad combines antique furniture and artisan made zellij or tile work in monochromatic rooms and salons.
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Nearly designing the entire house himself, French perfumer, Serge Luten?s home in the Marrakech madina has a moody, seductive quality to it, a description often given to his expressive parfums. Traditional Moroccan design elements, like intricate Moorish patterns are paired with Berber artifacts.
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