Hi, i'm writing this blog page to share information with all you wanderlust souls out there. Living in Morocco comes with lots of bizarre and unexpected events, which i thought you may enjoy reading about and sharing in the laughter.

My family and I moved to Marrakech 11 years ago from London. The beginning of a huge adventure for us. Choosing which country was right for us to live in had been an extremely long and tiring process. Having made a choice to move to Marrakesh, was in itself a big box ticked. We had two criteria lists, one for our business (opening and running a guesthouse) and one for personal.

Phase two of our journey then began. Setting up home in Morocco, also a non English speaking country with a very different culture to ours. Marrakech is a real melting pot of; languages, tribes, rich, poor, city slickers, country peasants. It sometimes reminds me of that place Luke Skywalker went to, to buy that space ship, with all those different intergalactic aliens. (Any one know what it was called?) After months of beauroctratic paperwork, rendez vous with people who don't turn up and renting from an unpleasant woman for a large amount of money, we bought ourselves a villa. This was not in the plan as we didn't want to tie up our capital in a home. I now realise it is one of the best things we could have done. When you've had a really difficult day here to be able to close the door and relax in your own place really balances you.

Zamzam Riad & Spa was eventually created out of love and we hope you will come and stay and be pampered in our luxury boutique riad.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Orange and turquoise Azilal, Berber Carpet

Sharing photos with you of a really pretty Azilal, very unusual in these pretty warm colours.

You can see here the soft turquoise, not usually seen in these carpets.

The ends of this carpet have unusual design with kilim ends.

If you would like to purchase this carpet, email Emma -
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Berber Wedding Blankets, Handira - Shop Marrakech

Following on from the launch of my Zamzam Boutique at here are some photos of the current Berber Wedding blanket stock.

This one is very unusual with the pretty pink and blue.  Its very rare to find a one of pink and blue Berber wedding Blanket and it is also pretty large for a vintage piece.

Heavily laden rows of shiny sequins in between cotton fringes.  The rest of the vintage Handira is made of cotton and wool.

This is a very different Handira where the fringes are in ever increasing diamonds, another large vintage piece showing stunning Berber textile design.
 Gorgeous chunky fringes on this superb vintage Berber wedding blanket.  The bride must have looked amazing at her Moroccan mountain wedding.

Contact me for more information regarding handira - Emma -
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Magnificent Boujet Berber Carpet, Marrakech Morocco

Now I know all my Berber carpets are neutral colours with cream, however I could not resist this funky Boujet Berber Carpet with its unusual patterns and mix of muted and in your face blue.

The shades of brown in this carpet are really pretty and with this cycadelic blue the carpet is really something else, I love it.  This Boujet is ancient but in great condition and nicely aged.

Have a look at the Zamzam Boutique for some Beni Ouarain carpets, Berber wedding blankets and Juju hats.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Juju Hats - Zamzam Boutique - Marrakech Morocco

The Zamzam Boutique with all our pretty new items has finally been launched on Zamzam Riad website.  Zamzam is our boutique hotel in Marrakech, in the North Medina near the Yves Saint Laurent Gardens.

Our Zamzam Boutique Galleries can now be viewed online at

The newest addition to the Moroccan shop as well as some stunning new made to measure Beni Ouarain carpets is these gorgeous Juju hats from the Cameroon.  It has taken me 2 years to find this collection especially the pretty multi-coloured ones which I just adore.

The Juju hats are worn by chiefs and dignitaries in tribal circles in the Cameroon.  As a child we spent our Christmases in the Cameroon, it is one of my favourite countries and provides some stunning African Art.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Rare Vintage Beni Ouarain - Zamzam Boutique, Marrakech

We have recently bought 2 beautiful rare vintage Beni Ouarain Carpets to add to our collection in Marrakech at the Zamzam Boutique

They are in great condition and have subtle simple line markings running through the cream pile, not the usual diamonds of the Beni  Ouarain Berber Carpets.

These photos show close up shots of the pretty cream wool and brown markings running through these unusual Berber carpets.

Our new Zamzam Boutique galleries will be going live shortly with full  photos and information on our stock.  I have also spent the last few months gathering together a spectacular stock of Juju hats from the Cameroon.  They are out of this world.

The Zamzam Boutique will be going live in the next week on the shop section of the Zamzam website

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Creating the Guest House

We had decided to buy land and build a country guesthouse as per our business plan, about 10 double rooms and suites. The dream was to create a holistic retreat and build our house on the same plot. We were going to have an organic vegetable garden and provide a Moroccan Spa.

Land in Marrakech at that time, went mad. Prices going up daily, lots of people fishing but not really wanting to sell. There is also a problem here of title. ie not much land is titled and to buy land without a title is very difficult, unless you have a lot of time on your hands and like a gamble. We looked at more land than you can shake a stick at, drank more mint tea than you can imagine and got totally no where. It can take weeks to even get a price. You may be being shown a piece of land that isn't for sale or has already been sold. After a year of this we said 'that is it!, we are buying a riad!'

I had a total nervous breakdown and couldn't talk to anyone for three days. He then said this doesn't have to be the end....... It wasn't I have now built an Ecological Camp Adounia in the Sahara Desert!