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Dar Kawa by Valerie Barkowski

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Image Courtesy of © Valerie Barkowski and Dar Kawa

The medina of Marrakesh is an exciting place, the winding labyrinths providing colourful surprises at every turn, in an endless meandering of shops selling a diverse variety of North African wares, from hand woven textiles to gold and silver. It is in a traditional neighbourhood of the medina that Belgian born textile and interior designer, Valerie Barkowski, has renovated the interior of a traditional 17th century structure, transforming it into the Dar Kawa Riad, a small guest house which exudes an aura of local charm in a very cool, laid back contemporary style.

With just three suites and one double room plus public spaces, the bedrooms all open inwards to the relaxing courtyard, a refreshing seating and dining area planted with orange trees. By employing a simple grey and white colour palette with occasional splashes of colour, each one of the small interior spaces have been designed in a traditional yet comfortable style to create an atmosphere of cozy familiarity for the guests. Carefully curated items of furnishing and artwork merge the vintage and modern in a deliberately low key tone, so as not to distract from the heritage features of the building.

A really exceptional detail of the Dar Kawa is the use of Bandit Queen, No-Mad 97%India and V.Barkowski, her own personal line of linens and textiles, throughout the establishment. Each one is a unique item, created from vintage fabrics sourced second hand from a Brussels Flea market! The final touches to the Riad are the lanterns and mosaics, the low tables, locally woven rugs and comfy couches awash with piles of cushions, ensuring a happy stay at the Dar Kawa, and an ideal destination from which to soak up the sights and smells of the captivating city of Marrakesh!

Posted by Eleftheria Athanasopoulou
Posted on December 16th, 2013
in Interiors, Dar Kawa & Valerie Barkowski