My first collection for Ravel + Rave was hand-selected and imported from various cities in Morocco, where I learned about the art of Moroccan design, visited a women’s weaving cooperative, and scoured dozens of markets and villages to build a repertoire of traditional rugs, lamps, and other décor items that are so unique to this region and scarcely found in North America. These objects embody everything that Ravel + Rave is about:
raw + elegant
playful + compelling
I hope you find as much joy in these pieces as I do. Visit my shop to browse the collection.
In the summer of 2019, I set out to discover the country and culture that produces beautiful handmade wool rugs in such abundance. My journey took me from Casablanca to Tangiers and Fez, then to the beautiful Chefchaouen, down through the Atlas Mountains, and ultimately to Essaouira and Marrakech. One cannot help but respect the call to prayer that rings through the cities five times a day, the nooks, crannies, and small hideaways that are created for prayer away from view when one could not be in a mosque. The people are kind and helpful and are embarrassingly good at speaking English, French, Arabic, and their native tongue of Berber.
In the Todra Gorge, I visited a woman’s co-operative to learn about hard-working, family-oriented women and the art of weaving and their artisan culture. The co-operative was set up more as a work place, and I discovered that most of the rugs are actually made by women in their homes over a period of months. Fascinated, I decided I needed to see more....
So, I enlisted my guide to set up a visit to a small village where women work together on rugs in between raising their children and tending to their homes and animals. I was able to meet the women and was invited to sit alongside them and learn how to weave. Their looms are hand-made and rather catawampus-looking, and the iron “comb” that they use to compress the stitches is both heavy and awkward to use. They are talented to create such beauty with so little.
I have the utmost respect for the work these women do, and I am looking forward to working with them to build a socially responsible relationship based on fair trade. This experience has taught me that the first step is to learn about our differences in culture so that I can be respectful of them and their values.