marrakesh part 1-pattern

February 23, 2012

The buildings of Marrakesh are so full of pattern it’s awe inspiring. Almost every surface is tiled, painted or carved into. As if in order to emphasise this, domed or raised ceilings, filled with skylights or massive metalwork lanterns, extend the potential area for pattern right up to the light fittings.  It’s rather overwhelming, especially when you think about all the people who would have worked on the embellishment. Somehow it is balanced just right with the simplicity of the outside of the buildings and the vast areas of space given over to courtyards and light. The sense of space and peace created by these elements allows for the intensity of focus and vision the patterns must have needed.







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