Moroccan Patterns: Traditional Art

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The story of the origin of the pattern

Morocco has been a bridge between the Orient, Africa and Europe since the beginning of time. For centuries, Moroccan patterns have been established in Europe and around the world. We are thrilled with the geometric masterpieces and the many details hidden in the patterns. But where did the orately patterns come from?

Unfortunately, little is known about the first Berbers, who have already settled in the second millennium BC, according to archaeological finds and petroglyphs. However, we know that they were pioneers in the design of exterior and interior decor.

In order to understand the genesis of Moroccan patterns, we have to travel far back to around 700 AD. At that time, Arab-Muslim armies conquered all of eastern North Africa, as well as the North African Mediterranean coast, within 50 years. Some Arab armies reached Morocco as well. After the inhabitants were able to successfully defend themselves first and the Arabs had to cope with some setbacks, the Arabs were finally able to subjugate the Berbers.

But what has that got to do with the genesis of Moroccan patterns? With the Arabs came also the "edict of the Yazid" from the year 721 AD. It was a prohibition of images that explicitly excluded the depiction of humans and animals in sculpture and painting. Islam allowed only God (Allah) alone to possess such creative power. As a result of this ban, Islamic artists were forced to use only ornamentation in their designs, which had a major impact on Moroccan art. A sad story, because the artists were forbidden to unfold completely free.

In retrospect, this ban was the birth of the classic Moroccan pattern. By forbidding to create images of animals and humans, the artists fled into fancy geometric patterns. They created works of art from simple forms and made the best of the prohibition of pictures.

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Principles of Moroccan Art

The mentioned ornamentation describes an area filled with geometrically constructed patterns. In Islamic art, this form is a special expression and perfection.

The mirror symmetry is particularly significant in the patterning of the Islamic ornament. Whether isolated elements, or on the entire surface, in almost every pattern are symmetrical ornaments. They are simple geometric components, like the square, which means that it is also vertically mirror-symmetrical. The isosceles triangle, in mirror or rotational symmetry, or the cross, also satisfy the laws of symmetry. More complex motifs, such as the bow pattern, can be understood as a further development of the symmetry rule.

Another principle of ornamentation is self-supplementing patterns. In this case, an ornament can alternately emerge more prominent or in the background. From the background you can create a new pattern, depending on the perception of the viewer. It's a complex pattern that blends foreground and background. This pattern is experienced as being particularly dynamic as the subjects change in the eye of the beholder.

Another principle is the endless rapport in a Moroccan pattern. These are repetitive, interconnected geometric patterns. Accordingly, the surface consists of a section of a section of infinity.

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Moroccan pattern in our home

Moroccan patterns are now an integral part of many furnishing styles. On a tiled mirror in a modern, simple kitchen, or in the form of a border in a neutral bathroom, they make the rooms look more playful.

Not only on tiles, the geometric patterns continue to be popular, they still decorate many decorative items such as vases, candle holders or lanterns. These elements are particularly popular in the outdoor area, to provide in the summer for an oriental holiday feeling.

But not only on tiles and vases make the pattern a good figure, Morocco is also known for its carpet art. Accordingly, you will find a large selection of carpets with Moroccan design. Particularly popular are the carpets to complete a relaxed bohemian style. This look lives from oriental influences and different materials. If you want to make your home romantic, feel free to read our blog post on boho chic.

In addition to the classics of Moroccan art, the patterns can now be found on wallpapers and textiles. There are already decorated whole pieces of furniture with oriental patterns - another proof that Moroccan patterns are "evergreens" in the interior-trade. The simple, quiet geometrical shapes are designed to fit in with any style of furnishing and do not attract all the attention. For this reason, Moroccan patterns are so versatile, they can be easily inserted as a complementary furnishing element.

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How to integrate Moroccan patterns elegantly

To loosen up your own Interior with oriental patterns you do not have to change your overall style of furnishing. For simple facilities Moroccan patterns are particularly well suited to use only discreetly.

Particularly modern are carpets with a black and white diamond pattern. These rugs can be combined with any style of furnishing, whether Scandinavian, Bohemian or Modern. Their simplicity and elegance support the rest of the interior and do not detract from it.

A creative design option for furniture offer adhesive films with Moroccan pattern. They are available for little money in almost every hardware store or online. With a few simple steps you can stick furniture in the Moroccan style and become unique eye-catchers. When pasting, make sure that you follow the operating instructions to obtain a wrinkle-free and air bubble-free result.

If you are still unsure whether the Moroccan look fits your decor, you can just add a few decorative vases or lanterns to your home. Such details have a great influence on the feeling of space in the Home & Living area, so you can change a look quickly and inexpensively.

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