Dar Si Said Museum
This 19th-century palace celebrates the art of woodwork, in recognition of the decorative and religious arts of south Morocco.
First, you are captivated by the Spanish and Moorish splendour of the palace. It contrasts with the white of the walls. You would think yourself in a modern art gallery! Moving from room to room, the visitor is confronted with all types of furniture and fittings, including doors, lintels, pillars, locks, balustrades and the famous moucharabiehs. Flowers, arabesques and calligraphy are carved, cut out or painted on geometric furnishings, with finely worked wood also being the norm for everyday items such as oil presses, musical instruments and fanstasia guns. The dexterity and creativity of the Moroccan cabinet-makers and joiners is similar to that displayed in the traditional embroidery and beaten-copper trays also exhibited. This is the very definition of a culture!
Gérard, 56, French wood carver and master craftsman