Imports from Marrakesh specializes in stunning patterned and brilliantly hued floor and accent tiles, vibrant leather pouf ottomans and deep-pile rugs, and metal and glass-work lanterns, as well as custom projects overseen by artisans in Morocco, such as arabesque plaster carvings and mousharabi screens...
We spoke with Stephanie, the creative director, who runs the company with Mohamed Elmaarouf, the founder. She emphasized that their company is very small but does a lot of business with architects and designer,s because their stuff is "the real deal." While the website is beautiful, their entire collection can be seen better at their store, along with many more lanterns and textiles which are not currently online.
The Moroccan tile garden tables ($250-$2,000) and the wrought iron chairs ($165-$250) go quickly, while fez hats, berber carpets and palace pillows are favorites for photoshoots and parties (since many of the wares in the store can be rented).
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Top three photos by Yun Cee Ng for NY Magazine
(Edited from this post originally published 11.2.07)