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Morocco Bound - May 2011 - Love is..... Posters on the Wall

Islamic art tends to be quite abstract, as it avoids depicting people and animals in case that might be idolatrous, so geometric patterns and abstract floral designs are more common than actual pictures of things.

Zellij tilework

Tilework in the Saadian Tombs, Marrakesh

Something you'll see a lot is tilework (zellij) mosaics, with tiles cut to shapes that fit together to make geometric patterns. You'll typically see this on floors (for example at the El Badi Palace), and on the lower part of walls (for example in the Ben Youssef Medersa, the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs and Dar el Bacha).

Carved stucco

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The Bahia Palace

Marrakesh's brilliant palace - قصر الباهية

Ben Youssef Medersa

Stunningly ornate Koranic school - مدرسة ابن يوسف


Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden - متحف المادن


Modern art in a modern museum - متحف فني ‏في‏ ‏ ‏‏مراكش

Musée de la Palmeraie

Small modern art collection & cactus garden - متحف النخيل

Orientalist Museum

Morocco by European artists - متحف تاريخي

The Saadian Tombs

Mausoleum of the last Marrakesh-based dynasty - قبور السعديين

Yves Saint Laurent Museum

Dedicated to Marrakesh resident YSL - متحف إيف سان لوران

Text © Daniel Jacobs

Images by Anna & Michal, Daniel Jacobs, Gareth Williams, jcb2u, Miguel Discart