Geneva: and a tale of Marrakesh by Design & the Salon du Livre

It was a sunny day in Marrakech when I went to Geneva to attend the Salon du Livre.  Morocco was the guest of honor. So exciting!

Morocco Salon du  livre
There were pretty girls in Moroccan dress discreetly reminding us at every corner.


Here's a detail of the embroidered Moroccan caftan one was wearing.

Caftan detail
Master craftsman had been brought over from Morocco to share on Moroccan design.  One made beautiful turned wood with his feet!  (Note to self: train feet to get craftier!) 

Master Moroccan craftsman
Here's a closeup of some of the sublime hand carved Moroccan plasterwork, known as geps, that was on display.

Moroccan carved plasterwork
There were all kinds of exhibitions and artist installations, and even a Moroccan tea salon.  The very smart Moroccan Minister of Tourism Lahcen Haddad spoke to the press and made Moroccans (and pretend Moroccans like myself) proud.  

(And I even spoke on the radio, too:-))

Maryam on radio
But perhaps most lovely of all, there was a Moroccan book pavilion filled with stunning art and, well, books -- both new and centuries old.

Moroccan book pavilion 1
Moroccan book pavilion 2
Moroccan book pavilion 3
Moroccan book pavilion 4
But the book that made me the most shy and happy to see, was my own, Marrakesh by Design.  Oh!  It was displayed in front of Moroccan carpets :-)

Marrakesh by Design
PS I am coming on my book tour to the US this very week!  If you are there, I would love to meet up! I hope to posting the schedule tomorrow:-)

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