Far away, yet so close: Marrakech meets Istanbul as two wanderlust-worthy destinations find accents of themselves in my moodboard, just in time for the festive season.
It's a coming together of intricacies and mystery which work to effect a mood of bohemia, where Arabic nuances meet an Oriental energy. In this meeting of minds, boundaries between the great continents of Asia, Europe and Africa are diffused into ceramics inspired by ikat (such as the gorgeous collection released by Hermès a few months back), block colours in fabrics and textures, and layer upon layer of visual codes finding themselves in crafts, carpets, velvets and silks.
You see these trends in designs all over the world: paisley, mosaic, carvework and tilework. Contemporary favourites of mine include rugs by Madeleine Weinrib as well as ceramics by Ann Sacks. Weinrib's collection of carpets were selected from her travels to Morocco, and are hand-knotted with hand-spun wool by the Beni Qurain tribe and neighbouring tribes that reside in the Atlas Mountains.
Scents also play an inherent role in complementing interiors. Aromas from oils such as argan, spices such as cinnamon and thyme, and fruits such as figs — items which you can find in a typical Turkish and Moroccan pantry — are a match made in heaven. Jo Malone has a great selection of candles which transports you back to memories of splendour in these faraway hideouts.
It's all about embodying the gypset spirit — ethnic tributes, curated objets d'art and an insatiable lust for travel — all within the comforts of your own abode.