Moroccan Red

Here is a sensual slice of Morocco bringing traditional patterns, textures and techniques into the present.

• Larbi Cherkaoui’s Joint Skin plays with the tradition of Arabic calligraphy as a dialogue between writing and ornament. He takes his work a step further by superimposing wild red brushstrokes, reminiscent of Zen ink painting, over a dense background of interlocking letters.

• Henri Matisse’s Odalisque is a fantasy of luscious colors and patterns inspired by his visit to Morocco.

• This Manuscript of five sections of the Qur’an is packed with geometric frameworks and vegetal motifs rendered in watercolor and gold.

• Mint Tea is ubiquitous in Morocco, enjoyed by everyone at any time of the day. To make it, all you need is some Gunpowder Tea, sugar, and mint. First rinse the tea with a little bit of boiling water in your pot and pour it out. Put the sugar and mint on top of the leaves and fill it with boiling water. Heat up the teapot on the stove until it begins to boil and alternate pouring the tea into glasses and back into the pot a few times.

• Artsiya’s Pillow is made of feathered red wool with sequins and strips of kilim.

• Sarah’s Bracelets are made of faux leather laser-cut into geometric designs inspired by Moroccan zillij tiles.

• Mark Campbell’s Tagine is hand painted with a cherry red crystal glaze to complement all the richly colored spices that will go into it.

• Ahmed’s Blanket is made from wool and sabra silk (natural vegetable fiber from aloe vera cactus) in sunset-colored stripes.

• Amina Harris’ Necklace surrounds a Moroccan enameled egg with green and orange beads.

• Clay Coyote’s Tomato Red Tagine can be used directly on your stove top so that you can sautee and slow cook all of your ingredients in one go.

• Amanda & Elizabeth’s Moroccan Spices print captures mountains of colorful spices in carved wooden pots.

• Fatima Haddu’s Rug is made with all natural dyes and wool in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. She is part of Cooperative Chorouk, a group of women entrepreneurs in the small village of Tounfite. The name means “hidden,” but they’re hoping to change that!

Turkish Bath

• Siba Sahabi’s Istanbul Twilight series is a group of felt candlesticks inspired by the architecture of Istanbul at dawn and dusk. The muted tones and complex silhouettes give them the quality of ancient structures.

• This Blue Bowl dates back to twelfth century Iran.

• Nurdan’s Scarf is made of textured fabric that resembles flowing water.

• Angela’s Necklace frames an image of a Turkish tile in sterling silver, with an ironwork design in the back.

• Sukan’s Pillow is covered with an antique kilim that has a geometric Middle Eastern pattern.

• Catherine’s Turkish Rug is a revived version of an antique dusty blue carpet.

• These Peshtamals by Bath Style are the lightweight yet absorbent towels used in Turkish baths.

• This Bath Robe is a peshtamal hand-woven on a traditional wooden loom by a retired couple living in Bursa.

Tea Dance

Daylight, full of small dancing particles
and the one great turning, our souls
are dancing with you, without feet, they dance.
Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?
– Rumi

• For her series Tea Dance, Siba Sahabi spins teapots and cups out of paper, creating visible ridges that suggest movement. The tea dance was a pastime that originated in Morocco and was adapted by French colonialists. All of Sahabi’s work touches on cultural exchange, weaving together the history of Middle Eastern and European ceramics with the present.

• This Tile Decorated with Entrelacs dates back to the 14th century and comes from the region around Uzbekistan, Bukhara or Samarqand.

• Ibrahim’s Turkish Rug is made from pieces of blue-toned rugs that are washed, sheared and over-dyed to give the fabric a worn quality.

• Eva’s Seega Board is hand crafted for the Ancient Egyptian board game and comes with clay scarabs as pawns.

• Kristen’s Jar has a petal-like rim and turquoise finish with dotted snowflakes.

• Sarah’s Vase has a turquoise glaze with notes of pale yellow.

• Donata’s Scarf is made of pure, light linen.

• Anna’s Pendant has small lily pads etched into its turquoise-green enamel surface.