Tom Delavan & the Beni Ourain rug

Tom Delavan's work space at Gilt Home's offices recently appeared in the New York Times. A mix of modern lucite, white aluminum and a hand-woven Beni Ourain carpet,  it is an  idea that has been explored by early modernists such as Frank Loyd Wright and Mies Van der Rohe. Delavan floats his ├╝ber controlled white rectangles on top of the creamy pile and atavistic black patterns of North Africa. 

William Pahlmann, a legendary decorator of the 1950's, was another interior design pioneer who experimented with Beni Ourain rugs. He designed 'a living room with walls, ceilings and moldings painted  deep neutral shade of cream'… and  stained the floors 'an almost ebony color, a shade that contrasted boldly with a large ivory and brown Moroccan rug woven in a traditional manner'. *  
He mixed the contemporary Beni Ourain rug with a pair of Louis XV fauteuils, a Danish Modern sofa and French and Spanish tables. His daring design was punctuated by  vivid shots of color: robins egg blue, malachite green and coral ….

The evolution of  Pahlmann's concept is present in Delavan's  own brilliant mix of  sheer tangerine,  tropical green, pure white balanced against the neutral cream ground of his Beni Ourain rug from Imports from Marrakesh.
Legendary Decorators of Twentieth Century by Mark Hampton p. 143-144

BO 1172 sold to Tom Delavan/ Gilt Group


Images: 1, 2, 3, 4


Suppose you are given some rare or lovely jar.....and build a room around it

'Suppose you are given some rare or lovely jar.....and build a room around it. I have had some such point of interest in every room I build, and think that is why some people like my rooms- they feel, without quite knowing it that I have loved them while making them. Now there is a little sitting room and bedroom combined in a certain New York house that I worked out from a pair of Chinese jars.'
Elsie De Wolfe 'The House in Good Taste' 
Completely enchanted by this 18th-century riad, or courtyard house, Dar Maktoub (House of Destiny) featured in Architectual Digest. Given that we specialize in custom orders, this quote by Grassi, the designer of the stunning residence, sums up what we do ALL THE TIME while working on custom orders: “Moroccan artisans are great when it comes to techniques.But none of them can read blueprints, so you draw a design on a wall and go from there.”
Imports from Marrakekesh is the design translator.... currently re-doing a custom order  of intricate light green zillij tile was supposed to be the shade of the Pucci Kaftan (shown above) but the zillij turned out to have too much turquoise green...it is nearly impossible to rush the zillij artisans or a zillij tile glaze batch in Fez...

For an haute bohemian vibe why not try designing a room around a pair of Fez Vases?
Our new collection of grand scale matching Moroccan urns just arrived...
Imagine lounging in your Marrakesh wearing this light as a feather floor-length long-sleeved Pucci kaftan in a gorgeous pale Persian Green. The deep keyhole neckline is richly embroidered with antiqued gold braiding reminding us of the filigree Moroccan lanterns or an Arabic arch...

Recently asked by an interior designer to create a custom zillij tile color 
inspired by a Farrow & Ball paint color...

 images: Pucci Kaftan, Dar Mektoub, Filigree Lantern Babouche by Farrow & Ball


Albert Hadley

Imports from Marrakesh is sad to hear about the loss of Albert Hadley. He was a very special client. 
We met Mr. Hadley in 2006 when he purchased a Beni Ourain carpet... he said we were 'heading in the right direction' by focusing on this style of carpet and custom orders.... a few months later Albert Hadley Inc. sent us this picture and asked if we could reproduce an authentic Beni Ourain carpet 20'x 20'. It took nearly six years of research and work with our weavers in Morocco to finally create  new Beni Ourain carpets in extra large sizes.  Mr. Hadley inspired us to begin producing custom Beni Ouarain carpets and was a motivating force behind our idea to focus on creating custom Moroccan decor for interior designers. 

 In 2007 we had the honor of loaning a trio of  Moroccan Wedding Blankets to Harry Heissman of Albert Hadley Inc. Mr. Heissman used these magical Moroccan textiles as sparkling wall coverings in an exquisite little room he designed for 'Rooms with a View',  an annual design event in Southport, CT, established by Albert Hadley.

As a generous sign of encouragement Mr Hadley even gave us an old Beni Ourain carpet from his warehouse...cream with brown and bits of soft pink...