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, November 18, 2012

Vinatge Boucharouiate - Moroccan Rag Carpets - Zamzam

Everyone knows that beautiful carpets are hand made in Morocco and that the Berber Vintage Carpets with their soft wool and ancient but tribal motifs are every designers dream.

I who only like cream and black/brown or very muted soft colours has suddenly gone mad for these stunning colourful Boucherouite rag carpets.  I also love the way they are made from recycled cloth in a totally eco fashion.  They are made by women in the countryside and can often be seen on the side of a mountain as you drive through the Atlas or at the beach.  

I have seen a few of these Boucharouiate carpets now and only one has really moved me until I found these.  They are so me their colours out of this world.  Every carpet is unique and these particular ones I have just bought dance around your head as you look at them.  Finding these was like a visual orgasm.  They sang to my soul and filled me with excitement. I hope you love them too.

The deep indigo blue of this one with the bright pink I love so much.  I'm very into indigo at the moment.  It looks like a peacock tail.  
The Zamzam Boutique will now be selling a selection of these stunning vintage rag rugs.  Email me for more information - Emma
or view the stock at 
Also gorgeous Juju Hats from the Cameroon, Beni Ouarain Carpets, Handira, pouffes and embroidered cushions.

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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!