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Villas and Courtyard Houses of Morocco

Corinne Verner

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A vibrantly illustrated look at the hidden interiors and beautiful exteriors of Morocco


If you dream of owning a sun-baked riad and are looking for inspiration, then this is the book for you. Illustrated with a generous selection of stunning photographs, this beautiful volume takes us behind the scenes to explore a side of Morocco that is largely hidden to outsiders.

Villas and Courtyard Houses of Morocco lifts the veil on secret paradises from fantastic palaces in Fez and Essaouira to middle-class riads in Marrakech and converted casbahs in the southern oases.

The book showcases exquisite interiors that combine rich materials such as cedar and marble; luxurious carpets and textiles; filigree carving and vibrant colour palettes. Also featured is the remarkable mosaicwork found in the central courtyard gardens and patios that form the heart of the Moroccan house.

Accompanying these sumptuous views is a vivid history of the country’s residential architecture and its fascinating mix of Andalusian, Arab and Saharan influences.

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 27.5 x 22.5 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 235

Publication date: 19 May 2008

ISBN: 9780500287538

Contents List

Introduction • Islam and Living • Medina • Fez • Marrakech • Essaouira Casbahs of the Oasis • Temples to the Joy of Living

About the Author

Corinne Verner, an ethnologist, lives in Morocco and writes widely on both these subjects.

Cécile Tréal has taken the photographs for about a dozen books on Morocco.

List of Contributors

Cécile Tréal, Jean-Michel Ruiz