Book Review: Marrakesh By Design

June 11, 2012 0


Decorative tiles, oriental patterns, rich textures, vibrant colours – close your eyes and imagine yourself in the sumptuous city of Marrakesh. A dream of 1001 nights comes true when you open the inspiring book of one of the absolute experts of Moroccan style, Maryam Montague of As a blogger I am totally excited to read another book that roots in an adorable blog and as an online friend of Maryam I am beyond honoured to call this gem mine and add it to my collection of interior design reads. 

What is it about Moroccan style that keeps enchanting us through times? Maryam puts it eloquently: “Moroccan style is attainable yet exotic, practical yet mysterious, and a little splash of it goes a long, long way.” And believe me, there is so much more to this style then just oriental tiles and wedding blankets. This books opens the gates to a magical and creative approach to interior design on 250 pages. And Maryam makes it more than easy and enthralling to follow her along. 

The book is structured into three main parts: Discovering Moroccan Style, Living Moroccan Style, and Sourcing Moroccan Style. Hence, the reader get a full scope of understanding this peculiar and so acclaimed style. First we learn what defines this style, then we accompany Maryam through each room of a home and learn tricks and tweaks on how to add that ‘oriental spice’ to every home, and last but not least  we get hands-on tips for buying Moroccan goodies. And the bargaining? You better train that at home before your next visit to Morocco!

What I love about this book apart from its very smart content structure are its rich and amazing photographies. With Maryam’s words and pictures you can grasp the essence of Moroccan style no matter where you are. Prepare yourself a Moroccan mint tea for the full experience (yes, Maryam also gives us the recipe to this traditional refreshment in her book) and be prepared for a dream-like voyage to Marrakesh. Now I feel like I would love to have one of those flying rugs to head off to Maryam’s Peacock Pavilions and go for an interior decoration shopping spree with her to Marrakesh’s souks. The book is now available on Amazon and a must-read for anyone loving interior design and decoration!

Photography by Igor Josifovic from the book ‘Marrakesh By Design

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  • Reply Kathryn Cumming June 12, 2012 at 12:34 am

    great patterns.

  • Reply Bojana June 12, 2012 at 8:15 am

    too bad nothing is ever shipped to Serbia.

  • Reply holly@hvhinteriors June 12, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Even though I wouldn’t do Moroccan in my own home, I think it’s interesting to learn about it and be inspired by it. This book looks awesome! Adding it to my wish list :) Thanks Igor!

  • Reply Susan June 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Looks like this book takes you away!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic June 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      It does indeed, Susan. It’s like a shortcut ticket to Marrakesh:-)

  • Reply Regina at Fauxology June 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Igor — what a fantastic review! Loved how you described the book as it did take me away to that magical place. I could almost smell the mint tea! Look forward to keeping up with your blog and a pleasure to e-meet you!

  • Reply Anonymous December 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    is this book available on ipad

    • Reply Igor Josifovic December 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      I’m afraid it’s not. But check out the My Marrakesh website to be sure – the link is above in the text!

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