5 March, 2016
The Colors of Morocco
Keep your eyes open to the insight you’ll gain from the colors and patterns!
Welcome to Asilah, the art haven of Morocco!
Asilah, a laid-back and brightly creative city, and an impressive introduction to Moroccan culture is a destination for art-world insiders.
One cannot miss the pedestrian-only medina with it’s kaleidoscopic mediterranean-influenced houses, cobalt blue–painted window frames, emerald carved doors and fruit stands selling fresh orange juice.
The Asilah Cultural Festival which takes place every August turns this small seaside town into a dynamic open-air museum, creating a street scene that’s jazzy enough to rival Morocco’s famously blue city of Chefchaouen. Every year artists and performers who descend on Asilah from all over the world leave behind brilliantly painted murals on the whitewashed wall in the town.
Welcome to Chefchaouen, the Blue Pearl of Morocco!
Chefchaouen is a dazzling blue city in northeastern Morocco with most of the buildings painted brilliant sky blue. The electric blue city high in the Rif Mountains, is known for its narrow maze-like cobbled-stoned streets uniquely in shades of blue.
The houses are blue, doors are blue, sidewalks are blue, stairs are blue, it seems like everything is blue, even it’s lamp posts and trash cans! They are said to have been introduced to the town by Jewish refugees in 1930, who considered blue to symbolize the sky and heaven.
The blue color is supposed to ward off the Summer mosquitoes, who apparently read the color as clear water, and because mosquitoes like still, brackish water, they will move on.
The Muslim and Jewish refugees that flooded into Morocco after the fall of Granada, brought to the city a distinct Andalusian architectural style including tiled roofs, hanging balconies, and courtyards.
The town offers some native handicrafts that simply cannot be found in most other places in Morocco. Woven blankets and wool garments are among two of these handicrafts, though there are many goods made the old way, from leather goods to shoes to cedar wood furniture.