Imports from Marrakesh is a Moroccan dÃ©cor company specializing in Moroccan tile, carpets, lighting for the home and garden.
Before â€˜Moroccan Moderneâ€™ became stylish in the design world, Imports from Marrakesh was producing and sourcing handcrafted Moroccan tile and rugs for clients in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and even Australia, Scotland and Hong Kong. Since 1968, Mohamed Elmaarouf, the son of a Marrakech rug merchant, has been procuring Amazigh carpets from tribes in the Atlas mountains. In 1980, Mohamed helped gather a collection of Berber weavings for the Textile Museum in Washington DC and he shared his expertise in translating Berber dialects, and his deep knowledge of the Berber arts and culture for the book From the Far West: Carpets and Textiles of Morocco which was published on the occasion of the exhibition held at the Textile Museum in 1981.
Since then Mohamed has become an expert dealer and producer of Moroccan mosaic and encaustic tile, plaster, metalwork, carpets and textiles.
Imports from Marrakesh is an experienced pioneer in the artisanal design movement, giving individuals, designers and architecture firms direct access to handcrafted Moroccan details for interiors. Stephanie Rudloe, a stylist & decorator with a fine arts & crafts background, began working with Mohamed in 1998, and is a creative force propelling the company, which began as a souk in the Chelsea Market, into a multi-faceted operation through custom Moroccan decor projects tailored to suit the specifications of our clients.
Imports from Marrakesh offers traditional Moroccan decor to clients via our retail souk in the Chelsea Market in NYC, tile warehouse in Jersey City, our online shop, and via our custom projects and special orders which are shipped internationally direct from Marrakesh.
Adventurous clients may join Mohamed in Marrakech for a customized artisanal crafts tour while others can voyage across the Hudson river to visit our tile warehouse in Jersey City, or simply drop by our retail shop, aka â€˜the Soukâ€™, in the Chelsea Market for a little taste of a real Moroccan bazaar. For those who prefer to stay home, our new online shop features our current collection of Beni Ourain carpets, colorful poufs, Marrakesh Tile samples and exotic home accessories.
Imports from Marrakesh collaborates on custom designs for architects, interior designers and individuals. We oversee the creation of custom-order zillij tile, beni ourain carpets, carved plaster, moucharabi woodwork, and lighting for international design projects. We specialize in producing and delivering Moroccan decor for a wide variety of residential and commercial projects. Each project is collaboration between our artisan workshops and the creative vision of our clients.