Ichrak Cuivre Cooperation
Brass so intricately pierced it could almost be lace. Wood so artfully carved it rivals the finest calligraphy. Tiled patterns so geometrically precise that they look computer-generated.
Our artisans achieve all of these outstanding effects by hand, using techniques they first tried out as boys in their fathers’ workshops, and then honed through ten-year-long apprenticeships until – inshallah – they were declared to be ‘maalem’ or ‘masters’ of their craft.
Now at work in our ateliers, these maalem are the inheritors of a – sadly dwindling – artistic tradition that could only have reached its zenith in Morocco, where centuries of trade and migration have created a uniquely rich culture – Berber and Arabic; Andalusian and French; Islamic and Jewish; Egyptian and Roman; Persian and Ottoman; east and west.