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From Forest to Furnishings: The Artistry of Moroccan Woodworking

by nizar ennabil on July 29, 2023

Hello fellow design lovers and woodworking enthusiasts! Today, I’m thrilled to take you along on my exploration of Moroccan woodworking. As I trekked through the captivating cities of Morocco, I got up close and personal with the traditional techniques of Zouaq, sculpted wood, turned wood, and marquetry. These mesmerizing methods won my heart and secured a place in the Tuyya collection. Let’s dive into my journey!

Zouaq - Painted Wood

My fascination with Zouaq began in the heart of Moroccan craft architecture. This age-old tradition of wood painting, used to beautify everything from walls to furniture, drew me in instantly. Walking through the city of Tétouan, I was awed by the radiant pieces of Zouaq artwork that graced the cityscape.

Interesting fact: I discovered that in traditional homes, ceilings were painted to mirror the designs on floor carpets. Imagine lying on the carpet and seeing the same patterns reflected above!

Sculpted Wood

As I continued my journey, I was astounded by the meticulous detail in sculpted wood. Each piece, whether architectural, furniture, or decoration, told a story of the craftsmen’s dedication and commitment to preserving centuries-old woodworking techniques. Their artistry had me spellbound, and I knew I had to bring a piece of this back with me.

Turned Wood

Turned wood was another art form that left me in awe. I watched as craftsmen skillfully turned wooden sticks into a stunning series of cubes and reels, creating mesmerizing pieces like the moucharabieh. The scent of cedar, known to the craftsmen as the "nesma of happiness," added an aromatic allure to this experience.


My journey wouldn’t be complete without marquetry. I liken it to a beautiful mosaic, primarily used to embellish furniture and decorative elements. The delicate contrast of marquetry wood, mother-of-pearl, horn, or bone created a stunning visual feast. The virtuosity of the craftsmen in Essaouira was unmatched.

Throughout my journey, I was inspired by the unique artistry and tradition deeply embedded in each piece. That's why I made it my mission to bring these intricate woodworking techniques to your doorstep through Tuyya.

So, I invite you to explore this collection, a culmination of my journey through Moroccan woodworking. Each piece carries a rich history and unique craftsmanship, bringing a touch of Moroccan beauty into your home. Dive into our unique collection of Moroccan woodwork today!