Moroccan Riads | Luxury Marrakech Riads & Dars
“A dar or riad is inward looking. It gives intimacy and isolation. Just like an egg.” Giovanna Cinel, Marrakech, September 2009
The word “riad” has become a generic term used to describe traditional Moroccan courtyard house, but they do have significant differences: a “dar” literally means “house” built around a courtyard. A “riad” has a green, inner garden, and a fountain or water feature.
In the restoration of our properties we have maintained as many original features as possible, while giving each house a unique, contemporary personality. Where possible we have used the skills of local craftsmen: Marrakech for example is well-known for its tadelakt (a breathable, polished plaster mixed with egg white), while Fez is famed for its intricate interiors.
All are individually designed with features ranging from traditional zellij (intricate Moroccan tile-work) and carved cedarwood ceilings and doors, to contemporary Italian furniture, salvaged Art Deco finds, and new-wave Berber weaving.