Monday, March 1, 2010

Moroccan Riad


In Essouira, we stayed at Riad Villa de l'Ô. A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house with an interior courtyard. In the past 10 years or so riads have become popular in Morocco and are offered as intimate inns in the heart of the old cities - sort of like bed and breakfasts are here in the States. From the outside, these riads look pretty plain - just a hole in the wall. Sometimes a simple hand carved door but there is no way you would know what kind of beauty lies beyond. Once inside though, it is a visual feast with tile mosaic floors and fountains, hand carved columns, balusters, and furniture and beautiful perforated metal lamps that cast pearls of light in all directions. In the central garden of traditional riads there are often four orange or lemon trees and a central fountain.

This riad in Essaouira has been recently renovated and departs a bit from the traditional Riad. The feeling in this Riad was decidedly Safari with leather chairs, animal hide, and a simple pallette of colors that you see in these sketches.

5 comments:

Monique Boblin said...

I hope to one day have the pleasure of seeing a Moroccan Riad for myself. The image is stunning, the one you created with ink and the one you created with words.

raena said...

It sounds like a place I would like to visit. And I love the colors. Earthy, tranquil. I think you've captured the atmosphere of the place.

Ken Foster said...

Thanks Monique - such a nice thing to say! And thank you Raena. It is ALWAYS great to get your comments!

RAID STUDIO said...

Hey Kevin......Nice Work..... I am an Architect from Bombay, India....We are working on a Moroccan Theme Project.....and in a process to make a sketch tour of Morocco on my website...... Wanted to upload your Riad Sketches as a part of the concept with due credits to you and your blog.....subject to your approval......also let me know if you have few more similar sketches...... Please provide your feedbback......Thanks & Regards
Sumukh

Ken Foster said...

Sure Sumukh, You have my permission and thanks for asking. I'd love to see it when you get it done.