Moroccan wedding blankets

Handiras: and a dreamy tale of glamorous Moroccan bedroom ideas

Handiras: and a dreamy tale of glamorous Moroccan bedroom ideas

In the winter, my bedroom is command central at Peacock Pavilions. You can see it here. 

I love to cozy into a beautiful bed with crisp sheets, my laptop, and endless cups of coffee.  And adding the ultimate layer of warmth and glamour is the Moroccan wedding blanket, or handira and a super chic Beni Ouarain carpet.

Morocco: and a tale of bringing the Moroccan souk to you!


It's my birthday today!  Oui!

I wanted to celebrate this year with some Moroccan gorgeous, with some ethnic chic, with some exotic glamour.  Yes, I wanted to celebrate by bringing the Moroccan souk right to you! So for the first time ever, I'm offering free shipping (to North America and Europe) on Moroccan carpets and rugs (including Beni Ouarain) and Moroccan wedding blankets (known as handira) in Red Thread Souk.  This is a huge savings!  And the exotic beauty of these pieces is truly awe inspiring.  {Fresh stock of incredible sequined flatweaves or kilims are especially enchanting}.

Take a peek:

  Red Thread Souk carpet 1

Red Thread Souk carpet 12

Red Thread Souk carpet 7

Red Thread Souk carpet 14

Red Thread Souk carpet 3

Red Thread Souk carpet 13

Red Thread Souk carpet 11

Red Thread Souk carpet 4

Red Thread Souk carpet 10

Red Thread Souk carpet 2

Check out all my stock right here.  And take advantage of the free shipping while it lasts!

            your friend in an olive grove in Marrakesh,


PS I also offer a payment plan if there is something you love but can't afford to pay all just yet!  

Marrakesh: and a tale of exciting news & fun updates

Dear friends,

Just back from Spain and thought I’d fill you in on some news & updates in my world.

A story I did on contemporary designers (interiors, fashion, and jewelry) in Marrakech is out in the August/September issue of American Craft magazine.  What a fun story to write! A big thank you to editor Andrew Zoellner.

American Craft Magazine
Apartment Therapy featured this blog in a piece on how to prepare for a trip overseas.  Are you planning a trip sometime soon?  Then check it out here.  Thank you Dabney Frake for including me and hope you enjoyed your time in Morocco!

Just completed 6 days of training at New You BootCamp  outside Malaga – it was grueling but I am so glad to have done it.  According to my scale, I lost 3 pounds and according to my tape measure, I lost a total of 3 inches off of my waist, hips and bust.   But more importantly, I feel fitter and better. Many thanks to the New You staff, especially the amazing Physical Trainers, Evans, Chris, and Todd! 

{Check out these impressive tattoos from trainer Chris. He's the sweetest brute you'll ever meet!}

New You BootCamp
So excited to be in the Summer issue of Cake and Whiskey magazine! Cake and Whiskey is a new women’s business magazine (print and online), sponsored by the likes of Cartier and Citi. If you are a business woman or would like to be, it’s very well worth subscribing  to.  You can get 25% off your subscription with the code MM25.  I’m flattered to be part of their Coterie --a band of six who will provides succinct advice/thoughts in every issue this year. 

  Blog Cake and Whiskey

Our Peacock, Maurice, and our Peahen, Persephone, are the proud parents of two new baby peachicks!  Adorable! We're taking suggestions for names and favoring those of the classic French and British variety.  What do you have for us?

Peachicks at Peacock Pavilions
        With love,

        Maryam in (very hot) Marrakesh

PS Some gorgeous new stock of Moroccan wedding blankets or handira in Red Thread Souk.  Take a peek here.

The Fez Sacred Music Festival 2013: a tale of 2 birds on a high wire

I was in that imperial Moroccan city a thousand years old.  I was in Fez.  I had come exactly a year before. And I had come again for the same reason:  the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music.  

The year before I had fallen in love with a girl.  Tonight I would fall in love with another.  Or maybe I would fall in love with two.  

The stage was set for them. 

And then they were there. American singer Rosemary Standley and Spanish cellist Dom La Nena.  Together they were Birds on a Wire.  

Rosemary reminded me of an old French film star. She meandered from Dylan to Fairuz and sang Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.  Her accent was perfect in several languages. She was timeless.

And when she sang, I could hear her golden fingers.

And when she drummed I could feel her longing.

As for Dom la Nena, her bow across the strings made a heartbreaking and joyous sound.

Too soon, far too soon, it was over.  They got up laughing to say their goodbyes.

And then they clapped for us as they left the stage.  


But really, the applause should have been only for them....

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PS:  New stock of the very prettiest Moroccan handira -- wedding blankets in my shop, Red Thread Souk.  Take a peek right here.