As written by our Chief Creative Officer, Gary…
October 9, 9 a.m.
I’m still in Marrakesh, writing this from my desk in the hotel room. It’s a very quiet and peaceful time of the day, the moment of calm before the rush in the market.
Today, I’ll have a translator with me as I shop the souk (or market). There’s an obvious language barrier in Morocco and we’re meeting with artisans, so we definitely need to be able to communicate.
The artisans here are all so passionate about what they do and what they create. I’m excited to get the day started!
We arrive at our first meeting of the day in the souks with our translator. I hear French and Arabic, which are both spoken throughout the city. I think I’ll let the translator do the talking for us.
We negotiate for 45 minutes or so on everything from these ceramic plates and bowls, to my personal favorite—tea glasses!
Okay, I admit…I’m still at the same stand in the souk. I’ve been here for hours. I’m so moved by the colors and patterns that I can’t leave just yet.
Moving on, we stumble onto these iron lanterns. I can picture all the many ways they can be used in our stores and I buy a lot to ship back home. The scrollwork is so intricate and there’s a color here for everyone…
These baskets are used to bring bread to the table. And, everyone in Morocco makes their own bread. In the villages, people use communal ovens so their houses don’t heat up. I can’t imagine sharing an oven!
I love everything about these baskets, from the hand-weaving to the brilliant colors and patterns. The best detail is the small hoop on the back of each one so you can hang it when you’re not making bread—instant décor! I’m bringing an assortment of these home too.