Contrasting textures are a notable feature in Moroccan design and unvarnished wood is used extensively, alongside smooth and glossy tiled surfaces.
Large wooden chests and sturdy tables adorn many of the rooms, in addition, some of the seating usually contains exposed wooden bases. Even though the wood used often has a somewhat rough texture, it is usually ornately carved and decorative. Typically, woods such as argana, cedar and lemon are preferred by craftsman, due to their quality and suitability for making furniture.
In accordance with Islamic law you will not find images of living things such as animals or humans incorporated into any design or furnishing, nevertheless, great attention is given to detail, and textures are all important in Moroccan interior design. Beautifully coloured tiles in geometric designs, known as zellinge, are often a central feature in many rooms and demonstrate just how much care has gone into creating the right effect.
Zellige is a form of tilework, similar to a mosaic, a Zellige is made using tiny coloured chips which are set into plaster and then covered with enamel, which gives a smooth and somewhat glossy appearance. The level of detail involved in Zellinge is really quite breath taking, and when used to decorate a room can create an almost palatial space. Zellinge and other forms of tilework can be found on floors, walls, in bathrooms, on table tops, around doorways and on fountains. For various reasons, you may not wish to have your walls covered with tiles; to create a more subtle effect, consider using tile topped tables, or tiled wall art.
Tadleakt is a type of lime plaster which is frequently used to decorate walls both internally and externally. The plaster is polished and then treated with abrasive materials or stones which gives a soft, smooth appearance. Tadleakt can also be used in wet rooms and bathrooms.
The fabrics used in Moroccan design tend to be sheer or lightweight. Silk and satin cushions and drapes are frequently found in Moroccan homes, or used as throws to cover seating. When choosing fabrics to decorate your room, opt for transparent fabrics or those which are smooth to the touch.