For a beach house in San Jose del Cabo, Kara Mann (karamann.com) mixed Mexican and Moorish influences to create a rich, comfortable space that reflected its location without feeling like an overthemed hacienda. Moroccan inspiration is evident in the headboard, day bed, and pillows.
The Moroccan trend that heated up a few years ago is still alive and kicking, with designers such as Kara Mann and Nate Berkus keeping it fresh. And now a dealer who was mainly selling at trade shows and by appointment has opened his showroom for regular retail hours. Used sparingly in modern settings, the spicy-colored textiles and intricately made traditional pieces—from ornately carved furniture to romantic lanterns—can give a space an instant exotic touch.
Photograph: Matthew Millman
Five Moroccan Touches
Pouf Kara Mann loves these for extra seating and kids’ rooms. John Derian stitched-leather pouf, available in multiple colors, shown here in silver, $325, lilleashop.com
Colorful Tiles These eight-inch-square machine-made tiles ($8 each) from Guerramo Gallery are a bargain compared to traditional hand-cut mosaic tiles assembled to make a similar pattern.
Table Nate Berkus’s Moroccan table is a modern take on the hammered metal tea trays and stands found in souks and in private homes. Nickel-plated iron, 18 inches high, $130, hsn.com
Photography: (tile) Leonard Gertz
Rug Designers turn to Beni Ouarain tribal rugs because they’re textural, neutral, and dramatic all at once. Shown here, a 30-year-old rug, 6½ by 12 feet, $5,000, hannounrugs.com
Camel leather chair Ornate camel-bone inlay on the hand-carved cedar frame of this low-slung chair ($1,500) is the sort of flourish that can be found in many traditional pieces, galeriedumaroc.com
ROADS TO MOROCCO
Hannoun Rugs This North Side Moroccan rug dealer has an extensive collection, including popular Beni Ouarain rugs. One-week trials are available. hannounrugs.com
Guerramo Gallery Hit this River North dealer for shiny and ornate carved tables and trunks, lanterns, rugs, colorful pottery, tiles, and more. guerramogallery.com
NEW Galerie du Maroc Jim Engleman’s new-to-the-public showroom has unexpected, understated pieces, ranging from vases to rugs to tables, hailing from remote regions of the country. galeriedumaroc.com
Photography: (rug) Nina Hannoun