Moroccan wedding blankets hit peak ‘trend’ around 2015. Having just seen a Moroccan wedding blanket at ABC Carpet and Home in New York City recently, I realise though that Moroccan wedding blankets (or handira) is a perfect room accessory that will outlast trends. Now that the home fashion victims have moved onto greener pastures, perhaps you may want to consider getting one for yourself.
Why The Love for Moroccan Wedding Blankets?
Moroccan wedding blankets are beautiful and everyone loves a bit of Moroccan flair. Morocco has the African glamour of a faraway location and the European chic of its French ties (Yves Saint Laurent had a gorgeous home in Marrakech).
History and Tradition
Handira have a long history in the Berber community of Morocco with a cultural significance that outlast trends. The women of the family of the bride make a Moroccan wedding blanket prior to her wedding from hand spun lambswool and cotton. The Berber women weave blessings into their wedding blanket that impart good fortune and fertility and ward off the evil eye. The bride ties her wedding blanket around her neck like a cape enveloping herself in her family’s love and warmth.
Moroccan wedding blankets have that artisanal heirloom quality that is so prevalent in home decoration today.
The neutral colors and geometric box patterns work in many settings. The cream-coloured Moroccan wedding blankets have a a bit of sparkle thanks to the sequins. A vintage Moroccan wedding blanket usually runs approximately 1 x 2 meters (approximately 3 x 6 feet) which makes it the perfect width for the foot of the usual Queen/King size bed.
Can we say texture? Between the fluffy fringes and the sequins, Moroccan wedding blankets add texture and cosiness to a space. They are a more interesting alternative to the ubiquitous lambswool throw.
Thanks to their hand-woven artisanal nature, Moroccan wedding blankets can cost a small fortune. The Moroccan wedding blanket I saw at ABC Home & Carpet was retailing for a $1000. Like a good antique rug or decorative object, no one is going to chuck out a Moroccan wedding blanket after paying that kind of money.
Where Do I Get My Hands On A Handira Wedding Blanket?
You can make a DIY Moroccan wedding blanket if you are handy with fabric glue and don’t care if you have an authentic version – this version has no sewing involved.
If you want a more authentic wedding blanket Moroccan in style, check out Etsy. They have a large selection of Handira wedding blankets that aren’t as expensive as the one I saw at ABC Home.
Anthropologie has pillow cases that create a similar look. They have sold out of the wedding blankets as soon as the initial trend passed.
You know there’s nothing that you can’t Amazon Prime, right? Handira wedding blankets are no exception. In addition to Moroccan wedding blankets, you can find other home accessories that have their distinctive pattern and texture.
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