Imagine coming home after a long day’s work and slipping into a living room oasis where you’re bathed in soft reds, yellows and oranges while resting on a lavish cushion, close to a set of mini palm trees, breathing in the scent of Jasmine incense, playing light jazz flutes. Selecting furniture isn’t nearly functionality anymore; it’s about making a comfortable habitat where you are able to relax, de-stress and enjoy your downtime.
Discovering the right lighting is the key to creating a perfect atmosphere. As early as 5,000 BC, the Chinese have been building homes in correlation with sunlight to supply optimal light, warmth and energy. Historically, Morocco has hosted categories of diverse individuals from all directions – Phoenicians and Carthaginians from the East, Sub-Saharan Africans from the South, along with Romans, Vandals and Andalusians from the North. This Diaspora of culture comes together and can be clearly observed in these colorful Moroccan lamps and lanterns.
Why is Moroccan lamps truly unique is that they’re not mass-produced in a sterile factory — but instead, each shade consists of sheep or goatskin and is then dyed and stretched over a good iron frame, where it is hand-painted with a needle in brilliant colors, in the decorative tradition of Henna tattoo artistry douniahome.com. Dating back again to the Bronze Age, Henna design mimics the Henna plant, which has a plethora of long, thin stalks and tiny blossoms. Much like the tattoos, the lamp designs showcase fluid black lines and shapes, outlined by tiny dots.
Moroccan lamps, varying in shape, size, color and mood offer the opportunity to turn your living room into a wonderful art museum. The African Berbers were primarily an agricultural people, so the curved “Berber” floor lamp is painted with a classy, simple style in neutral colors. Tall, slender styles like “The Pharaoh’s Light”, “Red Sun” or “Orange Magical Arabian Nights” capture one’s imagination, while dazzling with dancing patterns, vibrant colors and swaths of vacuous space that instinctively pulls the eyes toward it in wonderment. End table lamps like “African Sun” or “Fez Sun” provide multifunctional use, emanating a calming glow, as the glass top holds a piece of art, a seed or a tea set for entertaining guests. Whenever you behold a piece like “Ocean Sun,” breathing moonlight into the area with its purple hues and oceanic design, you understand that lamp is not merely for providing light, but is a piece of art that will compliment other furniture and themes in the room.
Moroccan lanterns made from stained glass resemble the kind of Church décor that pervades the Holy Land. The shapes range from the rounded heat balloon design, to a diamond-shaped street lantern style and they may be hung from the ceiling or attached to the wall. Traditionally, the stained glass panes are subtle, soothing colors – an olive green, a periwinkle blue or a trace of gold. Handmade and framed in black wrought iron, Moroccan lanterns can bring that one unforgettable, warm summer night into your home.
Moroccan lamps and Moroccan lanterns will add an air of magic to any room. When paired with Moroccan rugs, plants and other furniture, these handmade Moroccan lights really put the finishing touches on a relaxing, unique escape.