The Backstory on the Moroccan Suites--in Boston!

- What is the backstory on the Moroccan Suites, Boston? 

  

      I think Morocco is the most exotic place within a few hours' travel of the east coast (only 5 hours from JFK). It combines Middle Eastern cultures with the tribal cultures of Africa with stunning richness. As an art historian of Islamic art and a designer inspired by it, I travel widely throughout the Middle East and North Africa. I expected Morocco to be welcoming, a perfect vacation for someone of my interests, but the experience was so much more: I fell in love with Morocco!--the textures, scents, flavors, and artistry of Moroccan souks (covered markets), handicrafts, and architecture.  In the medieval walled city of Fez in northern Morocco, I stayed for a few months in a "riad," the traditional villa of Morocco built around a garden courtyard and fountain. It was the most luxurious and intimate space I have ever stayed in, a delight for the senses.

I dreamed of creating my own "riad," a hidden jewel in the heart of Boston. I wanted to bring the grace and luxury of an authentic Moroccan interior to my family and guests. This was the beginning of the Moroccan Suites!

I am a strong believer that guests deserve to be surrounded by beautiful, high-quality works of art. This creates a rich and luxurious experience, which I aim for in all my guest suites.The Moroccan Suite recreates the feeling and sensory abundance of a Moroccan interior with its authentic furnishings and design: guests can relax at the end of the day to enjoy the exotic beauty of a trickling mosaic tile fountain brought from a "riad" courtyard,  hand-wrought silver furniture and tribal jewelry, and light sculptures and a tent-canopy designed to create the ambiance of a private suite of rooms in a emir's palace. The classical architecture of the historic townhouse complements the sumptuous Moroccan textures and colors to create a peaceful, harmonious setting. The Moroccan Suites in Boston are designed as a relaxing, private space for guests to renew themselves--Elizabeth Gittings, owner.

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The inspiration:

sumptuous textures of the Moroccan Riad...

Massive wooden doors hand-carved with the Islamic star and geometric patterns characteristic of North Africa, from a riad in the old city of Fez, Morocco.

Upper balcony of a riad in the old city of Fez, Morocco. 

Old-fashioned plush velvets in luscious jewel colors are traditional in the Moroccan version of the divan, here combined with a delightfully embroidered pillow. From a riad salon in the old city of Fez in Morocco.

My private oasis: riad courtyard in the old city of Fez in Morocco. Most riads abound with fountains and luxurious textures of tile-work and and hand-carved wood and plaster arts.

A simple bedroom in a riad in the old city of Fez displays the stunning colors, textures, and handmade textiles found in traditional Moroccan interiors. 

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Sumptuous Moroccan textures in our Boston suites...

An antique fountain brought from a riad in the old city of Fez in Morocco is one of many authentic furnishings for guests to enjoy in  the Moroccan Suites in Boston.