Villas and Courtyard Houses of Morocco


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Corinne Verner


If you dream of owning a sun-baked riad and are looking for inspiration, then this is the book for you. Illustrated with a generous selection of stunning photographs, this beautiful volume takes us behind the scenes to explore a side of Morocco that is largely hidden to outsiders.

Villas and Courtyard Houses of Morocco lifts the veil on secret paradises from fantastic palaces in Fez and Essaouira to middle-class riads in Marrakech and converted casbahs in the southern oases.

The book showcases exquisite interiors that combine rich materials such as cedar and marble; luxurious carpets and textiles; filigree carving and vibrant colour palettes. Also featured is the remarkable mosaicwork found in the central courtyard gardens and patios that form the heart of the Moroccan house.

Accompanying these sumptuous views is a vivid history of the country’s residential architecture and its fascinating mix of Andalusian, Arab and Saharan influences.

Additional information

Weight 1151 g
Dimensions 22.4 x 27.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 June 2008
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 22.4 x 27.5 cm
Weight 1151 g


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Cécile Tréal has taken the photographs for about a dozen books on Morocco. Corinne Verner, an ethnologist, lives in Morocco and writes widely on both these subjects.