HOMES AND ANTIQUES – OCTOBER ISSUE

Homes and Antiques October edition is out now, and we’re very honoured to be featured in their list of must follow business.  The current edition is an Art Déco special, so it’s a perfect issue for us to be featured.  The Art Deco era is a personal favourite and it’s also the period of time when mid-century modernists first introduced Moroccan rugs to the world of interior design.  There are some great interiors in this issue and please don’t forget to follow us!  You can find news of our latest products, travels and interior inspirations on our Instagram account and Facebook pages.  Just look for @marbleandmint

 

 

CUSTOM BENI OUARAIN RUGS – DUBAI AND THE UAE

Tribe Dubai are our agents for our beautiful custom made Beni rugs in Dubai and the UAE.  They will be moving to their fabulous new studio in The Courtyard, Al Quoz on the 1st September and we’re having some really great size samples made for them to keep in their studio and for loan to designers.  Tribe offer a free consultation service for their rugs, so they will be happy to bring samples out to your home to see exactly how they look in situ.  Contact Jo or Valentina at Tribe for more details! info@tribedubai.com

 

CUSTOM MADE BENI OUARAIN RUGS

Most of you will know that we offer a custom made service for the ever popular Beni Ouarain rugs. These rugs have always been woven with a superior quality soft, silky type wool which gives them a smooth appearance.  The geometric designs are woven with either black or brown wool and they usually have a short fringe at one end.

However, we are often asked about new, longer (shaggier) pile Beni rugs. There are lots of these around to buy, most of the new rugs are not produced from the best quality wool, and this is of course reflected in the price, but they are still a great addition to a contemporary space if you are on a budget. We have always been able to source this style of rug, but if we can’t find what you’re looking for, it is possible to commission a custom made rug with this type of finish, with a design modelled on the traditional vintage Beni rugs.

Photo Credit - Livingetc
Photo Credit – Livingetc

We were over the moon yesterday to see a photo of a recently completed custom made rug from Marrakech.  This beautiful Beni has been made using a vintage rug as a template, woven using the traditional designs and techniques employed by one specific tribe from the Beni Ouarain region.  A new rug with all the history and traditions of an old one….fabulous!  If you would like more information on commissioning a custom made Beni rug, please email us at info@marbleandmint.co.uk

VINTAGE FLAT WEAVE KILIM BOUCHEROUITE

Since we introduced Kilim Boucherouite to our collection last year, they have become some of our best sellers. These beautiful kilims are made from recycled textiles, just like Boucherouite rugs, but are flat weaves rather than pile rugs. (The Arabic word ‘Boucherouite’ means a piece or scrap of clothing). Most of them are approximately 20 to 30 years old, and have stylish geometric designs which often have a very retro appearance. They originate from the Azilal region of Morocco. Because of a bit of a rejig of our stock, we now have one of my favourite Kilim Boucherouite available in the UK. I love the muted colours in this one, and the design reminds me very much of Missoni! Like the traditional Boucherouite ‘rag rugs’ they are reasonably priced, easy to wash and look great in contemporary spaces. Keeping this in mind we hope to find some more beautiful examples late Summer time to add to our collection. We’ll keep you updated!

Vintage Kilim Boucherouite

 

 

Decorating Children’s Rooms

Designing a child’s room should give you an excuse to be wildly imaginative.  There are no rules, just a few basic principles to consider.  Think about storage, that’s essential, somewhere to put everything away at the end of the day to restore a restful atmosphere for relaxation and sleep.  It’s also good to give some consideration to the flexibility of the room as your child grows, the addition of interchangeable accessories will make the transition easy.  Although practical can sometimes be a little boring, it’s also good to consider how easily the wall and floor surfaces can be cleaned!

Image from Pinterest

A child’s room is perfect for playing around with colour, but do think about your child’s personality.  Research into the psychology of colour suggests that certain colours affect our moods.  Just looking at the primary colours, for example; Red energises and excites, but can over stimulate a restless child; Yellow aids concentration; Blue is calming and soothing.  A colour palette using a backdrop of subtle or neutral colours, combined with bold colour accents is a good choice.  

Image from Pinterest

I delved into Pinterest to find some images of Boucherouite rugs used in children’s rooms.  They are just the perfect addition.  They add texture, interest and bold colour splashes and are of course completely washable!  They’re very versatile and will move easily from a room created for a child to a teenager’s room, and still look exceptionally stylish!

Vintage Boucherouite rug from our collection

 

 

Moroccan Rugs and Coastal Cool

Having been lucky enough to spend quite a lot of time in Dubai recently, and working with Jo at Tribe Dubai (tribedubai.com) I’ve learned that interior trends are a little different to those here in the UK.  Coastal cool is the name of the game, and it’s easy to see why….this is what works best in a country where everyone needs a retreat from the heat of the desert sun.

Photo credit Tribe Dubai

White walls, cool floor tiles and neutral coloured furniture and accessories just seem to be the best fit for the climate.  Beni Ouarain rugs with their neutral colour palettes and simple designs complement perfectly this look, but adding a limited amount of colour can look stunning too.  A white or neutral backdrop is great to display a colourful Boucherouite rug, either on the floor or as a wall hanging.  The predominantly ‘grey’ light that we have in the UK can dull colours a little, but in the bright white light of the Middle East, the colours in these rugs look amazing.  Go along and see Jo at Tribe for advice about buying a Beni rug, we have lots of stock on the ground in Morocco in addition to our custom made service.  Or be bold and take a look at our collection of colourful vintage Moroccan rugs!  We have some stock already in Dubai, but your choice isn’t limited to these, we can ship worldwide from either the UK or Morocco. http://marbleandmint.co.uk/product-category/dubai-collection/

 

Viewing our Rugs – Clent, Worcestershire

We had great fun yesterday doing a mini photo shoot at Marble and Mint HQ at the foot of Worcestershire’s Clent Hills where I’m lucky enough to live and work.

Peel House is a well known property in the village which was the local police station and police houses until the 1950’s, and still has lots of original features including a fabulous cellar.  I’m reliably informed that this wasn’t used to keep prisoners, but my next door neighbour and photographer (Ann Ashfield) still has the original police cells!  Our collection of Moroccan rugs is available to view here at any time (by appointment), so please either email us at info@marbleandmint.co.uk or call 07746 727536 if there is a particular rug or rugs you would like to see.  You can see the rest of our photos here on our  Facebook page.  All photography by Ann Ashfield.

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Layering Rugs – Mixing and Matching

Layering rugs is a great way of adding additional texture and colour to a room scheme.  Placing a smaller statement rug on the top of a larger neutral one will create a frame for the smaller rug, increasing its impact.  Colourful Moroccan rugs and kilims lend themselves perfectly to this idea.  In this room (image courtesy of Apartment Therapy) a brightly coloured embroidered kilim has been used to define a dining area.

This is a really good tip for separating a large open plan living space into smaller areas for specific uses.  You can still keep the look cohesive by making sure that the bottom layer rugs are all the same.  Changing the top rug will instantly change the look whilst still maintaining the essence of the room scheme.

You can also layer rugs by just overlapping them slightly, placing them at right angles to each other.  In this case pattern on pattern works really well.  Nothing needs to match but you do need to choose shades and tones that work well together, although the design can be completely different.  Be careful not to use rugs that are too thick, as this could present a trip hazard!  Flat weaves are best suited to this idea.  This image (also Apartment Therapy) illustrates perfectly how to do this.  The stripes of the top rug are a really good contrast to the lozenge design on the lower rug whilst still picking up its ochre tone.  The bright pinks in the stripes of the top rug also echoed in the cushion on the sofa.

PINK FOR SPRING

Should we be thinking ‘pink’ for Spring?  Personally I love it, there’s not a room in my house that doesn’t have a splash of the colour somewhere.  Pops of bright pink in my vintage kilim cushions, splashes of pink in a Boucherouite rug and even candy pink in my kitchen cookware.  Blush pink is appearing in interiors as a neutral at the moment, which is lovely, but I’m more than tempted to add this rosy pink vintage Beni Mguild rug to our collection.  It’s a bit of an investment piece, so look out for this one!

MOROCCAN RUGS AT SOURCE

We have a fantastic range of colourful vintage Boucherouite rugs and flat weaves available to us at source in Marrakech, the image shows just a few!  It’s not possible to stock them all, but they are all photographed and catalogued with dimensions and prices, so if there is something special you are looking for, either in terms of colour or size, please let us know.  We work with a long established family of carpet sellers in Marrakech who are extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and are always more than happy to help us to find the perfect piece for you!  Shipping with FedEx is reasonably priced and takes as little as 3 working days.  info@marbleandmint.co.uk