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Palais des Idrissides

Palais des Idrissides Review

Much more than a carpet emporium, this magnificent 14th-century palace built by the cult of the Idrissid dynasty is a treasury of art, artisanship, and architecture not to be missed. The multilingual proprietors deliver a memorable discourse on the house's history and craftsmanship before moving on to an eloquent and entertaining history and ethnographical portrait of Berber kilim and carpet creation. The unusual carved and inlaid ceilings of olive wood, rather than the customary cedar, are extraordinarily rich and ornate. The sloped floor, built for drainage, is made of Carrara marble, in exchange for which Morocco used to trade sugar. The large grandfather clocks were gifts of Louis XIV, allegedly bestowed on the sultan to ease Ismail's chagrin at the refusal of Louis's daughter, Princesse de Conti, to marry him. This carpet and kilim cooperative displays work from the 45 Berber tribes that have traditionally lived near Meknès, each with its own symbols and techniques.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 11, rue Kermouni, Meknes
  • Phone: 0535/55–78–92
  • Hours: Daily 8–7
  • Location: Meknès
Updated: 08-04-2011

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