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

 

 

BLACK AND WHITE BENI OUARAIN RUGS

There are so many new styles of contemporary Beni rugs coming out of Morocco at the moment.  With the increasing prices and scarcity of vintage pieces, weavers are becoming more and more inventive as people look to buying a rug with a contemporary feel but made with traditional techniques.  The latest to arrive is the black Ben Ouarain.  Made from super soft hand spun wool, the black background is broken down with flecks of creamy white wool.  An absolutely stunning addition to contemporary or minimalistic space! For more information and prices please email us at info@marbleandmint.co.uk

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

 

 

House Tour – Rustic Moroccan Home

Take a tour of this simple but absolutely stunning Moroccan home decorated by @couleurlocaleconceptstore for a photoshoot.

http://www.vosgesparis.com/2016/04/a-beautiful-moroccan-home-decorated-by.html 

Full of beldi ware, it conveys a feeling of absolute calm, and I particularly love this image of an open corridor with a small Beni Ouarain rug.  Take a look at the cedarwood writing tablets arranged on a wall.  These were originally used by students to practice Quranic script. There are lots of nice examples to buy in Marrakech medina. Although not all are old like these, just distressed to appear so, they still make beautiful wall decorations.  I also love the recesses in the stone kitchen wall for storing and displaying all sorts of traditional kitchen utensils and baskets.  With it’s stone floors and plaster walls, this home must make a perfect retreat from the heat of the summer in Morocco.

 

STYLE STEALING FROM THE CELEBS! MOROCCAN RUGS

Solange Knowles - Zemmour Flat WeaveWe’re guessing if you’re reading this you’re already a big fan of Moroccan rugs….Cindy Crawford - Beni Ouarainand you’re in good company!  They continue to be a favourite of interior designers around the world.  Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian - Beni OuarainColourful vintage Berber rugs and the classic geometric designs found on Beni Ouarain rugs are a favourite of celebrities too!Mario Testino - Vintage Berber Wool Rug  So we’ve put together a collection of images of celebrity owned rooms featuring these timeless pieces so you can do a spot of style stealing! Naomi Watts - Vintage Berber RugVanessa Branson - Vintage Azilal RugPics 1 to 6  – Solange Knowles, Cindy Crawford, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Mario Testino, Naomi Watts, Vanessa Branson

 

Marble and Mint in the UAE

For all our followers in the UAE, we will be at the Ripe Market in Abu Dhabi on Friday, 11th March.  This is held at The Collection, at the beautiful St. Regis resort on Saadiyat Island.  We will also be at the same market at Dubai’s Zabeel Park on Friday, 18th March.

We’ll have lots of gorgeous rugs and Moroccan textiles on display and to buy.   If you would like any more information about our stock in Dubai, please contact us at info@marbleandmint.co.uk

BENI OUARAIN IN THE BATHROOM…

Featured in the latest Arhcitectural Digest is the Californian residence of Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.  Check out their luxurious master bathroom with a sumptuously soft Beni Ouarain rug.  We did photograph one of our new Beni Ouarain with a vintage bathtub at our recent photoshoot…. this bathroom is just slightly more polished!  With their soft, deep pile, they are just the perfect rug to step out of the bath on to.  See the rest of the Kardashian’s home here http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/kourtney-khloe-kardashian-house-tour