A recent surge in traditional Moroccan styles in both the interior design and fashion worlds can be traced to the late-2017 opening of the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, but look past recent interest and you’ll find decades of design obsession with the North African country.
Make no mistake, Yves Saint Laurent was certainly a catalyst. In 1966, Saint Laurent’s first visit to Marrakesh was dampened by a week of torrential rain. When the sun finally broke through the gloom, he was greeted by an astonishing sight: a city filled with color, whirlwind patterns, eye-catching symmetry, and beautiful people. He instantly fell in love and quickly purchased a house there, which became his home away from home.
In 1980, he and his longtime business partner Pierre Bergé purchased the famous Jardin Majorelle and lovingly restored the garden to its original glory. Born of a genuine adoration and respect for the city and wider region, Moroccan themes would come to inform Saint Laurent’s fashion collections, which helped introduce the country to the wider world. In 2018, Morocco is holding court once more, influencing all manner of interior design and fashion trends.
According to Pinterest, interest in the country has even filtered down to food trends, with 2018 seeing a spike in searches for Moroccan food up 2,579 percent. That means you can’t go wrong by incorporating anything and everything related to Morocco, from what you wear and eat to how you decorate your home.
In the past, Morocco has influenced everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Tory Burch, and it shows no signs of stopping. In fact, with Spring/Summer 2018 collections finally hitting retail shelves, there has been a noticeable uptick in Moroccan-themed styles – think: patterned kaftans at Missoni and intricate jewelry by Etro. Vibe with bohemian silhouettes, rich jewel tones, and tile patterns to incorporate a bit of Morocco into your 2018 wardrobe.
The beautiful hues and eye-catching patterns of Morocco offer plenty of ways to enrich the look of your interiors this year. Look for intricately carved wooden mirrors, metallic lanterns, tribal Beni Ourain rugs, and throw pillows featuring tessellated patterns that are popular throughout Moroccan architecture.