"You are a king by your own fireside as much as any monarch in this throne" – Miguel De Cervantes
Located in the northwest part of Morocco, in the heart of the Rif mountains, comes our latest design inspiration. Chefchaouen, or Chaeouen as is often shortened to by locals, is a stunning town which was founded in 1471 to serve as a fortress to guard against the Portuguese invasion of northern Morocco. However, it is not just the history of this city that makes it unique and the newest muse for our interior designs.
Noted for all of its buildings and streets being painted in varying shades of blue, Chefchaouen is a visual masterpiece of colors and true moroccan architecture.
Chefchaouen was originally painted blue by the Jewish refugees who took up residence in the town during the 1930’s. During Biblical times, Jewish people use tekhelel, a natural dye derived from a species of shellfish, to dye one of the threads in their tallit (prayer shawl) blue. Over the course of history, the production of this dye dwindled and eventually, the recipe to make it was lost. However, the custom itself was not lost and the color blue was still woven into the cloth of their tallit as a reminder of blue skies and God above in heaven. When the Jewish refugees occupied this town in the 1930’s, they took their blue inspiration and incorporated it into the city turning Chefchaouen into a unusual visual masterpiece. The blue theme stuck and even though the present day Jewish population of Chefchaouen is not as large as it once was, homes and buildings are constantly being repainted by locals to keep up the tradition.
As you can see, the allure of Chefchaouen’s mountainous setting is amplified by the brightly painted hues in shades of blues and white. It is this unique visual feature of the city which makes it a popular destination for travelers from around the globe. But the appeal of Chefchaouen and its surroundings is not only due to its visual elements; it is also an extremely popular shopping destination for many Europeans as the city offers many native handicrafts which are particular to the city.
From pottery and jewelry to textiles, spices and lanterns, the Chefchaouen marketplace offers a wide variety of goods which are distinct to the region. Featuring the bold colors and ornate detailing which is inherent in Moroccan design, shopping for home decor would be a dream in this city. Set against the blue backdrop of the medina, the brightly colored decor really showcases the beauty of the handcrafted items and of the city itself.
Chefchaouen truly is a unique and colorful inspiration. We hope you have enjoyed the stunning images of Chefchaouen as much as we do. Stay tuned for our Moroccan inspire board which features home decor ideas influenced by the beauty of this city.
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