Marrakech: Living on the Edge of the Desert
Marrakech, that magically mysterious place in Southern Morocco - just the sound of the name gives birth to visions of intrigue, romance, secrets. It is, perhaps, the city many of us dream of visiting. Well, if Marrakech is not included in your vacation plans this year you can enjoy an in-depth colorful tour through the pages of this beautiful volume. Readers will find a telling description of the glories of this city: "With the coming of twilight Marrakech gives itself up to all manner of seduction, the senses discover the thrill of happiness. On the horizon it seems that all the purple in the world, in its infinite shades, has chosen the Atlas chain as its domicile ..." Thanks to the spectacular photography by Florentine artist Massimo Listri we know this to be true. His camera takes us behind the high walls and enormous cedar doors of Moroccan houses to discover magnificently decorated interiors, with a melange of colors, fabrics and lighting all reflecting the blend of cultures found in the city - Berber, French, Spanish and Arab. One finds traditional homes called Dar as well as the magnificent palaces with interior gardens known as Riad. Some 27 residences are featured as well as twelve outside of the city. Each is unique, delightful with shaded yards, fountains and pools enhancing the lives of those who dwell on the edge of the desert. Where else would we find a pool with mother-of-pearl lining the bottom or a home in which artists have used "what might be called chiffon painting," which involves "processing the layers of plaster with a thin fabric, the only way to obtain certain faded blues and linen grays ..."
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Living on the Edge of the Desert 6
Riad el Mezouar
Riad Frans Ankone
Douiria Yves Morgant
Dar Marzotto 1 1 0
Riad Pinco Pallino
Villa Maha 1 70
Dar Ahlam 1 90
Palais Rhoul 2 1 8
Adolfo de Velasco aesthetic Alessandra Lippini Alhind ALLAH AKBAR Almohadi dynasty Almoravidi ancient Andalusian Ankone antique Arab architect architecture Atlas Mountains Atlas range atmosphere Aziz Lamghari basin beauty Berber Bill Willis building caid cedar ceilings colour craftsmen culture Daniel Rey Darma decorative derb desert designed Djemaa El Fna door douiria dwelling earthly paradise fabrics Fabrizio Bizzarri gallery garden Gil Ribova guests harem Hispano-Moorish India inspiration interior Islam Koran Ksar Ksar Char-Bagh light Listri live Lotus-Ambre magic Marrakech Marta Marzotto medina medina of Marrakech Meryanne Mezouar Ministero del Gusto Moroccan Morocco mosque Mouassine mushroom bed natural Nicole Oriental owner painted palace Palazzo Rhoul palms pasha passion patio patio garden Paul Bowles pervaded pillars restoration riad Riad Enija Rjad rooms Sahara Souki splendour Stefano Stuart Church tadelakt Tamy Tazy Tayda touch tradition Villa Maha walls Yves Morgant Yves Saint Laurent zellige Zen spirit