What I Bought in Morocco

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I don't usually shop for a lot of home decor in stores. I'm more of a Craigslist, eBay, and thrifting girl. The one exception is when I travel, when I'll admit to doing my fair share. I went to Morocco this past winter, and was lucky to find some things I really love. If you are headed there in the near future, and want a sense of what to expect, here's a snapshot of some items and final prices (after much bargaining of course).

1. Mini 5" Ceramic Tagine; $3: These are all over Morocco and a common purchase in the medina. You can buy various sizes (including ones to actually cook with) but this one is perfect for jewelry beside the bed. 

2. Wool Pom Pom Blanket; $35: Hand woven throw from the souks in Marrakech. Wool varies from fine to more rustic, and common colors are natural ivory, grey-ish brown, and a very dark brown — although you might see some super-saturated bright colors like fuchsia.

3. Berber Carpet; $175: This is one of several rugs I bought while in Morocco, and it was purchased in Azrou from a shop called Dar Neghrassi. It measures about 45" x 90". Unlike other high-pressure rug purchasing experiences I've had, my experience with Abdou and Moha (the father and son team who run the shop) was totally pleasurable, and prices were completely fair. 

4. Leather Slippers; $7: Another very, very widespread souvenir, typically worn with the backs folded down. These vary quite a bit from vendor to vendor, so if you have the time and care about your slippers, shop around before you make a purchase. The more you buy, the better your price. We bought a bunch as gifts for our family.

5. Metal Bugs; both for $4: This was a quick impulse buy from a random man while I was wandering around the labyrinths of a souk in Fez . I have no idea what they are, but they're pretty cute.

6. Hammam Towels; $10 each: Used throughout Morocco in the hammams (bath houses), these are lightweight cotton cloths with a thin fringe. Similar to their Turkish counterparts, these linens are great for hot summers.

I wish I had actual store names for you, but you should have no trouble finding similar items yourself. Feel free to ask other questions in the comments and I can try to answer...

(Images: Dabney Frake)

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