ROOM TO IMPROVE
A Touch of Moroccan Style
By MITCHELL OWENS
Published: June 2, 2005
Q. Moroccan style is everywhere, and I’ll admit I’m tempted by its exoticism. But I’m afraid of looking as if I’m jumping on a bandwagon. How can I get the look without turning my apartment into a theme park?
A. About a hundred years ago a mélange known as Orientalism was in vogue, and trendsetters like the Manhattan decorator Elsie de Wolfe adopted what was loosely called a Turkish corner. By throwing down a few Oriental carpets, piling on some brightly patterned pillows and banking it all with potted palms and an ornamental brass hookah – voilà! – they had an instant casbah.