Morocco Art

Literature of the Maghreb
Literature of Morocco (Wikipedia)

Paul Bowles
A special page about the American writer-composer who lived in Morocco for many years.


SURPRISING though it may seem, Bogart and Bergman never went to Casablanca. Not a single scene of the famous film was shot in Morocco. But more than 500 movies have been filmed there, starting as far back as 1897 when Louis Lumiere made “Le Chevalier Marocain”.

Morocco’s dependable weather, the wide variety of natural settings and a plentiful supply of low-cost extras have attracted many of the great directors, including Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Franco Zeffirelli.

List of foreign films shot in Morocco

What was filmed where
(Internet Movie Database)

Moroccan cinema
A brief history (Wikipedia)

Film shooting in Morocco
Moroccan Cinematographic Center. (This body, established in 1944, issues permits, arranges local facilities and sorts out the bureaucracy.

Moroccan cinema
A Ministry of Information guide to Moroccan films and the film industry.

The other side of filming in Morocco
Making the action film ‘Sahara’ involved paying out bribes, interfering with government development projects, and the removal of trees …


Art galleries in Morocco

The Visible Soul
Contemporary art from Morocco 

Eugene Delacroix
Delacroix is considered the greatest French romantic painter. His use of color influenced later impressionist and post-impressionist painters. A visit to Morocco in 1832 provided subjects for more than 100 sensuous and exotic works. See also biographical notes (Web Museum, Paris) and Wikipedia.

Moroccan-influenced works by Delacroix include:

The Fanatics of Tangier
1837-88, oil on canvas, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. 

The Sultan of Morocco and his Enturage
1845, oil on canvas, Musée des Augustins, Toulouse.

Arabs Skirmishing in the mountains
1863, oil on canvas, The National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Arab Saddling his Horse
1855, oil on canvas, Hermitage, St. Petersburg.

Arab Horses Fighting in Stable
1860, oil on canvas, Musée du Louvre, Paris.


See also al-Bab’s henna and tattoos page

Henna is widely used by Moroccan women as skin decoration for hands and feet.


The Henna Page
A comprehensive website about henna – including how to do it yourself.

Moroccan carpets

Symmetry and pattern: the art of oriental rugs
Site created by Carol Bier, curator of the Textile Museum. Detailed commentary on   aspects of design, involving some simple mathematics.

Rugs: design, dyeing techniques, materials, weaving and knotting, classification, etc.