Grasping Moroccan style not only an occasion sentiment The Guardian

“Bringing bright, beautiful finds home from your travels can be tricky (and many an object loses its charm somewhere between marketplace and baggage reclaim). But Tamsin and Duncan Flower have partnered vibrant north African weaves with vintage furniture and pale walls to create a home that works for family life u2013 their son, seven, and daughter, two u2013 but still keeps its well-travelled character. u201cMoroccan rugs fill the house,u201d Tamsin says. u201cThey instantly change the mood of a room.u201d
The house, in Dollis Hill, north-west London, needed a lot of work, including replacing a makeshift kitchen extension with a corrugated plastic roof. u201cI could live with everything else, but that had to go,u201d she says. A large roof-light and bifold doors now make the north-west-facing kitchen-diner as light as possible. No-nonsense Ikea kitchen units were finished with bespoke wooden worktops by a local carpenter, and slick handles from Franchi. The pair also reinstated fireplaces (ripped out in the 1960s) and sanded the floorboards. u201cWhen we bought the house, there were shagpile carpets in every room,u201d Tamsin says, u201cbut the upside was that they had kept the boards well protected.u201d
She has centred each room around vintage Moroccan rugs, which she first came across in the coastal city of Essaouira 12 years ago, where she met Duncan while working on a film, she as a costume assistant, he as a location manager. u201cI was invited to a party at an incredibly cool, creative riad decorated with beautiful mosaics, fabrics and art, and Duncan was staying there,u201d she says. u201cIt was a very romantic place.u201d
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Sanded floorboards and Moroccan rag rugsu2026 Photograph: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer/Sisters Agency
She has been importing Moroccan rugs ever since: Boucherouite rag rugs in oranges and pinks, geometric Boujad weaves and monochrome Beni Ouarain rugs. u201cMotifs and techniques are passed down through families, so a rug can usually be traced to a particular village,u201d says Tamsin, who has since teamed up with her friend Emma Wilson, who owns the riad, to run beldirugs.com.”

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