NEW! Introducing Marketplace

Introducing a collection of affordable Berber rugs photographed in the raw in the heart of Marrakech Medina. There are no frills with this collection, just gorgeous rugs! Each piece will be despatched direct from our trading partner in Marrakech using FedEx Express service. This is a work in progress as there are literally hundreds of beautiful pieces we would like to add and we will constantly be reviewing and updating this collection, so keep an eye on this section of our website! We’ll be including both vintage and contemporary rugs, possibly also some stunning floor cushions and Handira, and needless to say each will be one of a kind. If you see something you like and would like a little bit more information or additional photos to help make a decision before you purchase, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line and we’ll be more than happy to help. Happy browsing!

NEW FOR OCTOBER…..VINTAGE KILIM BOUCHEROUITE

A sneak peak of some beautiful Vintage Kilim Boucherouite arriving this month to add to our collection…..

These colourful flatweaves are woven from pieces of recycled textiles, are light and durable, and perfect for throwing down on a wooden or stone floor to add warmth, texture and colour.  Above is a lovely kilim abstractly decorated with tribal motifs including eight-pointed ‘Solomon’s star’ (female fertility) symbols.

Although you may find many similar kilims, no two are exactly alike.  In contrast to the kilim in the first photo, the one above has an orderly vertical zig zag design with contrasting horizontal weaving at each end, and below a traditional lozenge design.  Easy to clean, they are perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and children’s rooms.  All three arriving later this month….we will keep you posted!

 

 

TAKING THE INDOORS OUTDOORS – MOROCCAN RUGS

I came across this image from Houzz today, what a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and I love the camel print on the tepee!  The only thing missing is a nice Moroccan rug spread out on the sand…..and so it inspired me to think more about using rugs outside….

We don’t always have long sustained periods of sunshine in the UK like we had recently, but when we do everyone wants to get outside, to lock up the house and change to outdoor living.  Even if you only have a small outdoor space, such as a balcony or small courtyard, you can still create a cool and stylish area to sit, eat and enjoy the weather.  There’s nothing I like more than being able to eat outside, to see the sun rising with breakfast and setting with dinner.

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So why not embellish your outdoor seating arrangement with rugs and cushions, to make it a complete outdoor living space.  Vintage Flatweaves and Boucherouite rugs are perfect for this.  They are easy to roll up if there is an unexpected shower, and easy to wash….place one in front of an outdoor sofa or underneath a garden table for a really cosy setting.  Add a few other accessories such as lanterns or string lights and it will be a place you’ll never want to leave!  If you like to sit on the grass and eat – picnic style – spread a few different rugs out with cushions….so much more stylish than a picnic blanket!

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!

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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

‘How thick is the rug?’ – Textures and Terms

The question we are most often asked is ‘how thick is the rug?’, and this is often difficult to describe accurately, even images sometimes don’t convey the depth of pieces. The term flat weave describes a rug or kilim woven on a loom rather than knotted, using interlocking vertical and horizontal threads. Expect these to be quite thin, and great for wall hangings as well as floor coverings. Boucherouite rugs are also flat weaves, but their embellishment with hundreds of pieces of recycled textiles gives them an extra depth. Pile rugs, such as Beni Ouarain, are hand knotted, and as such they can take a considerable amount of time to produce. Their pile is deep and soft. This is one of our newly woven Beni, they are both heavy and soft, and certainly the kind of rugs to sink your toes into!Beni Ouarain

 

Changing with the Season – Moroccan rugs

Spring is just around the corner.  Believe it or not, meteorological Spring starts this Tuesday, 1st March!  The quality of light is already changing, the down side being that it reveals all the dusty corners you couldn’t see in Winter!  Spring is probably the season when people feel most inspired to change the look of their interiors; saying goodbye to Winter and welcoming in the sunshine and longer days.  Interchangeable accessories are an easy and relatively inexpensive to instantly update the look of your space, and what better way to do this than by changing your rug.  Buying a statement piece rug will instantly change the look and feel of a room, as this will become a focal point to draw the eye.  During the Winter I’ve loved sinking my feet into my thick, soft Beni Ouarain rug next to the sofa, but Spring ushers in the idea of adding something perhaps more simple, adding colour and interest.  You may want to think about changing for a shorter pile rug with splashes of colour such as a quirky Vintage Ourika Valley rug,  a flat weave Vintage Kilim, or a Boucherouite with a riot of colour.  Check out our online collection, but if you don’t see something you like, please get in touch.  We have a huge range of rugs available to us in Marrakech.  We would love to hear from you!  info@marbleandmint.co.uk

Moroccan Boucherouite (Rag) Rugs

 

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The name ‘Boucherouite’ is from the Moroccan Arabic ‘bu sherwit’ which means a ‘scrap’ torn from a piece of clothing.  These colourful, hand loomed rag rugs, originating from the plains of Morocco, are made up from hundreds of scraps of household textiles including cotton, nylon, lurex and wool.  Their production started in the 1960’s and 1970’s when wool was becoming scarcer for the production of carpets for domestic use, and so it was necessary to find replacement materials.  Each of these brightly coloured rugs, with their abstract designs, is completely unique, a tribal work of art.  Extremely versatile in the contemporary home, Boucherouite are best displayed against a simple, uncluttered neutral backdrop, where their design and colour can really shout out.

 

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Perfect for a child’s room, not only because of their interesting colour combinations, but also because they are completely washable!

New stock of Boucherouite rugs arriving soon! Don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for updates.  vintage boucherouite

Moroccan Rugs in a Curated Home

Home is a place where we love to be, where we feel safe and comfortable, and to me that means surrounding yourself with a collection of furniture and objects that reflect your life, experiences, taste and personality.  A curated collection of these things is what makes a home unique.  Looking around at my home now, I have such a mix of styles;  an Art Déco cabinet which belonged to my grandmother, a vintage Singer sewing machine, objects I’ve collected on my travels around the world, all sitting alongside a contemporary modular sofa which I couldn’t live without!

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Of course, there are also my Moroccan rugs.  Not everything needs to be of the same style or from the same period, I think that kind of uniformity in interiors is a little boring, a thoughtfully put together eclectic collection is much more interesting, and will always be unique to you.

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When you’re thinking about adding a rug to your room, think about the overall vibe you would like to have.  If you have vintage pieces of furniture, but would like a minimalist look, keep the focus on a few really nice pieces and add a contemporary sofa.  The classic clean lines and design symmetry of a Beni Ouarain rug will work perfectly with this kind of scheme.  Place the rug next to the sofa or underneath a table.  If your ideal look is more colourful and slightly busy, choose a vintage Berber rug such as an abstract Boucherouite or an artistic Ourika Valley rug.  You will be amazed at how well these rugs can fit into a variety of room schemes.  This became even more obvious to me at our recent photo shoot.

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The locations we used were filled with a very random selection of vintage and modern pieces and yet, even with the small selection of rugs we had with us from the collection, everything looked great with something!  Pick out a few rugs that you like, and look around to see how many colours in your room scheme pick out a similar colour or shade in the rug….You will be pleasantly surprised!  Martina

 

 

 

 

If you’re wondering which rug colour will work with almost anything, take a look at this feature by Apartment Therapy.  You might be surprised, but I couldn’t agree more!  My eyes are always drawn to anything with pink tones when I’m choosing rugs for our stock, and it is amazing just how versatile the colour is….

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-rug-color-that-can-work-pretty-much-anywhere-and-10-rooms-that-prove-it-226946?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=managed

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Delighted to receive a ‘Best of Houzz’ badge for Customer Service today!  You can see our Houzz profile and reviews here http://www.houzz.com/pro/marbleandmint/__public

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! February Edition of Elle Decoration out now the ‘Trend Issue’.  Full of inspirations and interior trends for Spring/Summer 2016. Check out the stylish Malmo apartment with its Moroccan rugs and textiles on page 112!

You can find us at the back of this issue on the New Designer page.

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Check out all our recent press coverage here https://uk.pinterest.com/marbleandmint/in-the-press/

 

PHOTO SHOOT!

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What a fantastic day we had on Tuesday 29th December at photographic studios and locations ‘The Roost’ and ‘Dalston Heights’ in Hackney, London.  Our photographer Ann Ashfield took some absolutely stunning shots of our new collection of rugs.  The space and the light in these amazing locations was perfect to show them at their best, alongside all the really cool and quirky vintage pieces that filled them!  Here’s a few of our favourite pics.  Photographer Ann Ashfield can be contacted at peteannashfield@aol.com

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You will be able to see the whole album on our Facebook page and Pinterest, and shop the look from our homepage.  https://uk.pinterest.com/marbleandmint/photo-shoot-december-2015/

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INTERVIEW

Read my interview with Olivier Jennes of Wonderstreet, a great platform for makers, sellers, artists and designers to showcase their work   http://wonderstreet.com/interviews/wonderstreet_interview_with_martina_perry

PRESS ARTICLES FROM 2015

Read our features on styling with Moroccan rugs and homewares in:-

Metro newspaper (Pages 23/24) and Worcestershire’s Edge magazine (Page 27)

http://e-edition.metro.co.uk/2015/06/23/