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Moroccan Houses

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Moroccan Houses come in many forms, the most famous of which is the Riad.

A classical Riad is a four sided building surrounding a central courtyard. Originally they had only one storey. The courtyard would have four symetric gardens planted with citrus or other fruit trees such as pomegranite. The centre of the courtyard would feature a fountain, usually in white marble.

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A classic Riad courtyard in Marrakech

As time has passed, Moroccan Houses have evolved. Riads are now typically two storey buildings. The central fountain has often been replaced by a plunge pool. They do, however, maintain their distinctive italianate feel, reminder us of the old Roman villa.

A gorgeous neo-classical Marrakech Riad dating to about 1820

And with the arrival of foreign investors in the late twentieth century, the Riad underwent some radical changes. New built Riads now bloom in the old Medinas of Morocco. Some are ugly … and some are very successful.

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A wonderful new built Riad in Marrakech Medina – notice the central marble fountain and the use of local materials such as bejmat tiling and tadelakt

We are your Riad specialists. With over ten years experience living and working in Marrakech Medina, we are at your service here on the ground. Call +212 6 5802 5028 or mail colin@bosworthpropertymarrakech.com – we look forward to hearing from you!

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