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    Telouet - Road to the Kasbah and shops

    by suvanki Written Aug 20, 2007

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    Road leading into Telouet

    As our mini bus bumped along the road, we could see the kasbah in the distance- soon we'd be out and stretching our legs!

    Telouet looked to be an interesting town, surrounded by fields and the backdrop of mountains of the High Atlas range.

    We drove past a carpet shop - not realising then that we would be stopping here, both later that afternoon and again next morning.

    To be continued....

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    Telouet kasbah - zellij tilework

    by suvanki Written Aug 20, 2007

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    zellij tilework, Telouet Kasbah, Morocco

    Here You can see a closer picture of the zillij tiles that decorate the walls of the central reception hall.
    Although these zillij tiles and designs were crafted during the 1940's, they are very traditional in the way that they were made and in their patterns.

    This artform is believed to have originated from Byzantine and/or Moorish (Andalucian) mosaics.
    Palaces and mosques had walls, floors and sometimes ceilings decorated in the richly coloured tiles, many formed by intricate geometric patterns. As we now know Islamic mathematicians were centuries ahead of their Western counterparts in understanding the complexities of geometry.

    The craftsmen are known as zlayiyyah.
    Designers study a prolonged apprenticeship of learning the mathematical puzzles, and practising drawing the patterns until skilled in designing these intricate patterns. They are based on the circle. Stars (with 6, 8, 16 or more points being the most common) and rosettes appear in many repetitions, sometimes in 2d or 3d effects.

    The tiles are made from pure clay, any impurities being extracted. After being cast into rectangular tablets they are laid to dry hard in the sun. After smoothing and flattening the tiles are dipped into enamel - coloured using natural dyes such as tin, zinc, magnesium, copper and lead oxide, then heated in a kiln.

    The next stage involves cutting of the tiles to shape and size - sometimes to the size of a thumbnail - using a hammer (manqash) - which appears unecessarily large for the delicate work involved - it is double sided with sharp blades.
    The tiles are then hand smoothed.

    After sorting into sizes and shapes, the patterns are assembled on site.

    Meticulous arrangements of colours and shapes, repetition of pattern, symmetery and interlacing tiles are all typical features seen in these rooms.

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    Telouet Kasbah - The Central Hall

    by suvanki Updated Aug 20, 2007

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    Central Hall Telouet Kasbah zellij and stucco work

    The Central hall of this kasbah is the main reason for visiting Telouet- I was quite stunned by it!
    It wasn't so much the amount and quality of the traditional al - Andalus craftwork - I'd seen other examples in Marrakech (decorating the inner rooms of the Bahia Palace, and the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa as well as the Saadian Tombs - ( which I understand was one of the influences for the extensive work) and The Alhambra Palace in Granada. I think it was the contrast from the bleak exterior and its crumbling walls and the fact that these treasures were housed in a mud walled building, that was intentionally being allowed to decay.

    It was hard to remember that the zellij tilework, stucco panels, inlaid cedar wood ceilings, silk woven panels, Italian marble floor tiles, had all been created and fitted here, beginning in 1942!

    300 master craftsmen were employed, and took 3 years to complete the work seen. This was to be a Palace of 1001 nights or Xanadu!

    to be continued....

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    Telouet Kasbah - The Central Hall - fireplace

    by suvanki Written Aug 19, 2007

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    Telouet Kasbah - Fireplace in a cupboard

    Peeping into the space behind these ornately painted cupboard doors, I was surprised to see a fireplace
    Our Guide explained that in cold weather, the fire would be lit, and the doors opened to allow the heat to enter the room

    To be continued...

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    look for the lovely muqarna in the kasbah

    by angiebabe Written Jan 11, 2007

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    lovely decoration and design but deteriorating
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    The Glaoui rulers really wanted this place to stand out and be something amazing - master craftsmen were working on this place continuously for years to make it a place of a '1000 and 1 nights'

    unfortunately they were exiled and the place fell into ruin and disrepair - there are still beautiful remains to see while you can though.

    Muqarna are wooden 'stalactite' adornments typical of Andalusian style decoration.

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    more ornate and beautiful rooms

    by angiebabe Updated Jan 10, 2007

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    lovely ornate stucco and maqarna doorways, tasteful zellij to match on the walls and pillars, decorative use of wooden doors and windows - rather beautiful! - i could look at it again and again - lucky i was able to visit often!

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    more colour and design to see - spend some time!

    by angiebabe Updated Jan 10, 2007

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    doors and window of the harem
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    This was a room that id visited numerous times but the just as highly decorated wooden shutters over the windows had always been closed - unlike the other main windows that are always open - this particular day amazingly the guardian opened the window and i got a shot -as quick as a shot!!

    Its all a stunning combination of designs, colours and patterns all there together - but sadly the buildings around it are going, going and gone so take the opportunity to see the beauty concoctions while you can

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    opulent mix of colour and design

    by angiebabe Written Jan 6, 2007

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    beautiful paintwork and engraved stucco with zelli
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    The Glaoui rulers of the kasbah, from where they ruled the High Atlas and southern Morocco, decorated this their principle palace with ornate decoration.

    Using Andulucian-style - similar stucco and muqarna seen in the Alhambra in Granada - the rooms have engraved stuccowork, painted wood (cedar) ceilings and doors, and colourful zellij tilework.
    Ironwrought windows let in lots of light and colour from outside throughout the day.

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    known for beautiful ironwork windows

    by angiebabe Updated Jan 6, 2007

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    lookout with fancy ironwork privacy
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    the iron work windows in the palace were well regarded for their delicate and intricate patterns.
    These particularly enabled the women to have views and fresh air overlooking the surrounds below but still maintaining the necessary privacy hidden away from the public eye.

    Several ironwork windows still remain and especially the popularly photographed main window overlooking across to the old slave quarters and down to the gardens and plain below where fantasia displays were traditionally displayed.

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    traditional and ornate zellij designs in the palac

    by angiebabe Written Jan 6, 2007

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    traditonal use of tiling and stucco
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    zellij - or patterned tiling - is traditionally used in moroccan homes, particularly in reception rooms in which guests and visitors would be entertained.

    A colourful mixture of tiling with stucco and paintwork designs on all areas are used in opulent combination in these remaining rooms in which were the reception and harem rooms in the palace.

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    beautiful and ornate Palace doorways

    by angiebabe Written Jan 6, 2007

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    nice mixture of designs
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    with years of craftsmen working in the palace for the extravagant desires of the Glaoui Lords of the Atlas there are still very ornate designs to be seen in the palace today - but see it while you can - it is not protected nor maintained and is deteriorating.

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    BEAUTIFUL rooms in the palace!!!

    by angiebabe Written Jan 6, 2007

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    a beautiful sight!
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    The oldest parts from the 18th century of the palace have now disintegrated to just remainging bits of pright walls and broken pieces, the newer palace built by the Glaoui Lords of the Atlas are slowly deteriorating since the King took back power over Morocco from the french and the Glaoui, and the Glaoui families were exiled from Telouet.

    But the remaining building accessible is still beautiful - you still get to see the beauty of the opulent decoration - rooms with beautiful tiling (zellij), stucco and musqarna - the wooden or plaster stalactite decorations - and painted wooden door and metal of silver or copper ceilings. also known for its lovely ironwork.

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    Telouet Palace - see it while you can

    by angiebabe Updated Nov 16, 2006

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    grande designs and still beauty to be seen
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    The Glaoui Palace at Telouet is stunning, ornate with expensive decorations but sadly deteriorating - so see it while you can. Its been left to slowly deteriorate since the last rulers lost their power back in the 40-50's.
    I have roamed around this palace many times and even the recent visit I am still impressed by the colours,designs and variety - roaming around wondering how life must have been to live in such a place but probably with its imprisoning rules and rituals.

    Take as many photos as you can!

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    check out the views from the top of the Kasbah

    by angiebabe Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Stunning scenery abounds in all directions around the Kasbah of Telouet - and stunning views from its roof - across itself into the sadly deteriorating nearby rooms and buildings with stork nests built precariously on top to across the fertile valleys and villages of Telouet - the old slave quarters and the village centre.
    All surrounded by mountains of the Atlas - the altitude providing the advantage of cooler temperatures during the heat of the summer, and in spring the beauty of snow capped peaks and the adventure and romance? of snow covered winters.

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    Heartbreakingly beautiful kasbah

    by DesertStar Written Oct 8, 2004

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    Our guide, opening the doors to the Telouet Kasbah

    There has, apparently, been a kasbah on this site for a couple of centuries, and Ali filled us in on the uses of the various rooms. But it's the crumbling splendour of the twentieth century Glaoui excess that makes it so unforgettable. Winston Churchill and General Patton were just two of the illustrious guests of T'Hami El Glaoui, the "Pasha of Marrakesh".

    In order to explore the interior rooms, you must have a guide. The Auberge Telouet can arrange that (Ali was our guide, and he was great) and the guide will get the enormous key from the "Guardien de la Kasbah" to unlock the huge doors. The "guardien"'s name is Mbarc and he's wonderfully friendly. ("Un cadeau" for him is discreetly mentioned by the guide.)

    The style is wonderfully excessive -- nothing was too good for the Glaouis. Marble floors, stunning mosaics, intricate hand-painted cedar carvings and shutters around the doors and windows, lacey embellishments which are apparently made from a mix of egg and plaster -- Ali used a word like "stouc" (maybe related to stucco is my guess).

    You need to see this place soon -- it's not under UNESCO protection, and there's not much protection from the elements where the glass skylights have broken. Apparently there's no lobbying from the government for UNESCO protection, since the kasbah represents the previous oppressive ruling class, which is currently out of favour -- at least, that's the local take on it.

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