Moroccan leather work is well known across the globe. To this day, leather artisans continue to make leather ottomans following the teachings of their ancestors passed down through generations. Goat skin and calf skin are prepared with the hides coming from the High Atlas and the Middle Atlas mountains. Leather colours are extracted naturally from plants and minerals.
The souk of Fez resonates with the sounds of hammer against metal as blacksmiths with skills handed down through the generations create intricate chandeliers, sconces, lanterns, mirror frames, grates, screens and more. The outcome of their work is a collection of metal art form that is recognised around the globe.
Weaving is one of this country’s most significant cultural expressions. It is the thread that connects the past with the present, utility with artistry. Moroccan rugs and blankets, hand woven on looms by women in the Atlas Mountains, are still used extensively in almost every Moroccan home, and now admired and exported throughout the world.