Berber (Amazigh) ceilings and decorations

Berber ceilings

berber ceilingI admired  ceilings both in riads  and in private houses. The techniques are different and also the colours of the materials.

Professional carpenters are called to build roofs and sometimes are passing their skills to younger generations.

Tataoui ceiling drops are made from “Dafla” shrubs which is highly resistant to the elements.

The Dafla shrubs are twisted and used for the inside creating beautiful geometric decorations.

 

 

dafla

the Dafla shrubs are twisted and used for the inside creating beautiful geometric decorations.

Dafla  (Nerium oleander) is a toxic shrub, although considered ornamental due to its beautiful dark pink  (or, exceptionally, white) flowers of about five centimetres in diameter. It could be wild or cultivated.It is always located near water, in rivers, drains and ponds.

 

Berber house

The berber house is basically made of mud mixed with straw.

The roof is covered with canes alternating with layers of mud and supported by cedar beams.

The Berber house is basically made of mud mixed with straw. This grants isolation so very fresh in summer. and not too cold in winter.
The roof is covered with canes alternating with layers of mud and supported by cedar beams.

 

 

All materials they need can be found in the gardens near to the villages.

 

The ancient wisdom is not lost as and when the Berber houses are renovated with modern concepts.

restoring Berber house

Traditional patterns have geometric shapes as well and are repeated on walls and around windows. Very similar to those you can admire on carpets and clothes. All them have a symbology.

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I think  that this ancient wisdom is important and transmitted to new generations. Rural communities still rooted, preserving the natural environment are a richnes that should not be lost.

So I’m supporting some young  good friends living there aware of all this and collaborating to the restoration of a typical Amazigh home.

 

If you’re interested in learning more, you are invited to our workshops about traditional decorations with natural materials :

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