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Moroccan History

Originally inhabited by nomadic Berber tribes, Morocco's more 'modern' history began when the romans conquered Carthage in 146BC and extended their influence into North Africa - remnants of witch can be seenat the impressive Volubilis ruins. years later in the 7th Century Morocco was invaded by Arab powers, and although not long lived, their rule left the important result of a country's conversion of Islam.during the next few centuries Morocco was conquered and rules by series of now unknown dynasties, including the Idrissids, Almoravids, and Almohads, but none stayed in power for long. By the 15th Century European influence in the form of Spanish and Portuguese invasions started to be felt as these two countries attempted to extend their own powers, having recently expelled the Moors from their own lands. Curently Morocco is led by the Alaouite dynasty since 1666,

Although maintaining self rule in the ensuing centuries, Morocco's strategic location became too important for European imperialism and the country eventually fell to French (and a little Spanish) 'protection' in 1911. In line with the decline in colonialism at the time, Morocco eventually achieved independence in 1956. Today Morocco is ruled by King Mohammed VI, with a population of approximately 35 million people.

This interesting and rather varied history has given Morocco a wide range and influence of different cultures, allowing the Berbers to meld everything into something uniquely Moroccan, which we celebrate today.


Moroccan Life

To truly experience Morocco, you must divest yourself of 'Casablanca' induced fancies and romantic images of isolated desert boudoirs; and taste the unique North African cuisine, immerse yourself in the medina (old town) of Fez and the souks (market) of Marrakech.

Situated at the north western tip of Africa Morocco is a country encircled by Atlantic Ocean to the west, calm Mediterranean to the north, harsh sands of the Sahara to south, and Algeria to the east. Snaking through the centre of the country are the Atlas Mountains ,creating various seasonal and cultural area in the country.

 The indigenous Berber people represent 80% of the population and their handicrafted products, style and food are strongly influenced by their colourful history.


Moroccan Food

Dining Moroccan style is a feast for the senses and meals traditionally begin with a series of hot and cold salads followed by a tagine, or stew. Often made of lamb or chicken, the tagine is automatically followed by a heaped plate of couscous topped with meat and vegetables. Soothing sweet mint tea perfects the experience.

 Aspects of many cultures can be found in the four best-loved Moroccan dishes: couscous, plumped semolina grains served with a variety of toppings; besteeya delectable three-layered pie, both savoury and sweet, and wrapped in the thinnest of pastry; succulent roasted lamb; and djej emshermel, succulent roasted chicken cooked with olives and lemon.

The word tagine can refer to both the cooking pot as well as the stew cooked in it,   witch can - if one had to be compared to a casserole. The cooking pot consists of two pieces - a plate like bottom and a conical shaped lid.


Moroccan Style

To us Moroccan culture is entertaining and exiting. The people are friendly and there is colour everywhere you look. Genuine hospitality is engrained in their culture and it is not uncommon to strike up friendships with people you meet and to feel enveloped in their lifestyle.

      Souks, the very unique markets, are a way of life, narrow, winding streets and alleys where you continually get lost. Specialty 'stores', or more accurately displays, devoted to fabrics, spices, brass, ironwork, nearly anything you can image are everywhere. Contained within the ancient walls of the medina (old city), here life continues as it has for centuries, with artisans creating what we found to be amazing handmade products that will add spice to any home, in the same way their fathers did before them. Influenced by traditional Berber, Arab, Spanish and French styles, the colours used - the blue of Essaouira, yellow of Babouches, red of the desert surrounding Marrakech - scream at you to be awed and enamoured.

     Riads - ancient homes of Sultan princes and aristocrats, now converted into luxury guest houses situated in the heart of the old cities - reflect the traditional Moroccan designs and rich decorations. and give guidance to anyone wishing to recreate their own touch of Moroccoin their own home.

     The most important lesson is to enthusiastically embrace colour, rich vibrant colours, the reds and oranges of the sun, blues and greens of the sea, and gold's and silvers of the sand. Secondly, just as enthusiastically experiment with both texture and lighting. Moroccan light fixtures are completely unique and the pride of the artisans that dexterously carve them surrounded by snake charmers and the smell of spices on magical Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakech.

     All products chosen by Marrakech Market are handmade by selected artisans who skillfully master the talent taught to them by their ancestors.

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