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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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

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

 

EASTER SALE!

We’ve got some great reductions throughout our website and eBay store for the first Spring holiday of the year, even though the weather in the UK certainly doesn’t look very Spring like at the moment! Easter time is traditional for a bit of cleaning out and changing with the season, so if you’re spending time indoors, and thinking about making some new additions to your home, maybe adding some texture and colour, check out our offers on colourful vintage Berber rugs, Moroccan pouffes, Pom Pom blankets and textiles…..Some are for a limited time only. Next working day delivery also! Happy Easter!!

Marble and Mint in the UAE – Outlets

We had a fantastic day at the Ripe Market at Zabeel Park last Friday.  A beautiful warm day with a breeze, following some very unseasonal weather in Dubai!  Thank you to everyone who stopped to say hello and admire our collection.  We had an amazing response to our Vintage Berber rugs, and also to our custom made service for newly woven Beni Ouarain rugs, so here are a couple of places you will be able to see them in Dubai now, and in the near future…..

Tribe Dubai’s stunning studio on the Sheikh Zayed Road (next to Dubai Garden Centre) +97142718718 have some of our new Benis in stock, and Jo will be able to give advice on our custom made service for newly woven rugs.  We’re also really excited to be part of a new online community selling exclusive handmade products from independent designers and retailers, launching at the end of this month.  It’s called Home Bazar (www.homebazar.com) where you will be able to see a collection of our vintage Berber rugs, cushions and other textiles, available for shipping within Dubai. We’ll keep you posted!

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

From the floor to the walls and the sofa……styling with Moroccan rugs

Rugs don’t have to be just for the floor.  We’ve seen some fantastic inspirations recently for using rugs as a cosy covers on sofas, throws on beds and colourful vintage Kilims and Boucherouite rugs as wall hangings.  This weekend we experimented with the idea of using Moroccan rugs on the sofa.  Beni Ouarain rugs certainly came out on top for achieving that cosy ‘log cabin by the fire’ kind of look.  As you can see, it looks very tempting to snuggle into!  One drawback of using a Beni Ouarain in this way is, of course, that they are very fluffy rugs, so if you do go for this style idea, don’t be tempted to sit down if you’re wearing anything black!   Fab look though.  We found a similar inspiration in this month’s Living etc. magazine, using a soft, thick, deep pile rug across the end of a bed, adding texture and a touch of luxury.  We love this too. Photo courtesy of Living etc. magazine The idea of using textiles as wall hangings is obviously now a new one.  People have been doing this for centuries with tapestries.  Using a colourful rag rug (Boucherouite) as a backdrop to a bed, for example, gives this idea  contemporary twist.  Photo courtesy of Apartment TherapyThese colourful Moroccan rugs really shout on their own though, so be careful to keep the rest of the scheme simple and neutral.  Most of them are quite heavy, so a proper job needs to be done with securing them to a wall with batons.  Well worth the effort though! (Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy).

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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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/