This earth is full of inspiration and certain parts of the world own a particular design style that is iconic and bucket list worthy. The Moroccan riad has a long history that dates back centuries, it’s a traditional home with specific design elements influenced by the region’s history and culture.
A riad in Arabic means a home built around a garden, it’s recognizable by its multiple floors which all face the interior courtyard, often where fountains and lush botanicals are focal points. A riad has balconies that look down into the courtyards decorated with ornate tile, carved wood, and forged metal.
Traditionally designed for large families for protection, in modern times many have been renovated serve as boutique hotels privately run to offer a more intimate experience for travelers to Marrakesh, Fes, and surrounding regions. The rooms are private and the courtyard is a community space where guests can lounge or dine while appreciating the cushioned seating nooks, fountains, and the abundance of mosaic tile along the floors and walls that give many a distinct aesthetic.
Riads mix ornamentation with organic elements, they’re a visual feast with their layers of intricate tile, botanicals, and unique furnishings. A well decorated riad is a lesson on how to layer texture, pattern, and color to create an oasis. I’ve included links below to a collection of riads to bookmark for any future travel plans. Meanwhile, enjoy the inspiration!