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New Moroccan Style: The Art of Sensual Living Paperback – 3 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; New edition edition (3 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500285810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500285817
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.6 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Sully lectures frequently on the subject of regional design, and has contributed articles on architecture, the decorative arts and lifestyles to the New York Times and Art and Antiques. Among her other books are Savannah Style and Charleston Style. Jean Cazals's work has appeared regularly in Elle, Food Illustrated, GQ and Vogue Entertainment, among many other publications.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Aug 2010
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We bought this book when we decided to decorate our bedroom in Moroccan style. As such, it provided us with some good visual reference material, and it makes a nice coffee table book. However, we were disappointed that it did nothing to analyse what Moroccan style is, which is the kind of information even a reasonably informative magazine article would give. Also, rather more of the images were of Moroccan style applied outside Morocco than we would have liked.

Neither the pictures nor the text delivered much in the way of what the subtitle promises -- the art of sensual living. This is ultimately a photographic essay, and does not go much beyond the sense of vision into taste, smell, texture and sound. If the book was entitled New Moroccan Style: images of an international phenomenon, or some such, it would have matched its promise rather more exactly.

All in all this is a nice book to own, but it does not quite deliver on the promise it makes.
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By Susie on 22 July 2014
Format: Paperback
Loved it-enuf said
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nikki stanton on 19 May 2013
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not great there are better books out there to purchase like morrocan interiors
dont wast your money pictures are lovely though
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not great... 15 Feb 2005
By Keira - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I confess that I was a bit disappointed by this book. I was hoping for a book about sumptuous Moroccan decorating and living the Moroccan lifestyle. This book really only barely touches on that. The actual focus of the book is concentrated on a few hotels and restaurants located in Morocco but owned mostly by people foreign to Morocco, with the addition of a few homes of wealthy people in the United States who have been somewhat influenced by Moroccan style. This book contains no pictures of the interiors of homes of the average Moroccan citizen at all.

Also, the decorating style advocated in this book is one of an overall Contemporary style with Moroccan influences. In the case of this book, "New" Moroccan Style equals an almost Asian minimalist approach with a few Moroccan handicrafts thrown in. If you're looking for a book with pictures featuring the more well-known "More is better!" Moroccan decorating approach, with layer on top of layer of textile and color, you are bound to be as disappointed as I was. The decorating style featured in this book is very restrained compared to most other books on Moroccan style that I have encountered.

I still give the book four stars overall for content and information. For what the book actually is, it's not a bad book at all. It just isn't exactly what you'd expect it to be, either. The text discussing the origins of Moroccan style, from the Berber influence to Andalusian style, is especially informative. The recipes included in the book, along with pictures, are also a nice bonus.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous! 17 May 2004
By whoiserika - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is such a great book! Spare yet sensual interiors, there are ideas for interiors in here that everyone can do. Moroccan interior design is not based on lots of money, or elaborate settings, but rather arranging things you have in unexpected ways - decide what's pleasing to you, and get bold with color!
Nothing to capture my interest-- 26 Jun 2014
By aliinseattle - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Glad I took it out of the library & didn't purchase it, as it is reeeeaaally disappointing. The cover is not at ALL indicative of the inside contents. The cover photo looks rather contemporary/hip and is quite colorful. But inside, the entire book is filled with dull-looking photos that frankly weren't shot very well. The pics have no richness and no drama--and this becomes very repetitive from one page to the next. None of the essence of the country's design comes through either. How is it that with a colorful country as a subject, & people who are absolute masters at design & pattern, we are only seeing photos that show everything as dull, brown and soft? The pages aren't well-designed either (no creativity with layout or typography in evidence), so that--combined with the dim photos--makes for an incredibly uninspiring read. There are some recipes but as one other person said, it mostly concentrates on what a few expatriates have done with their homes or hotels. If you are looking for inspiration and instruction on creating Moroccan style for yourself, check out "Marrakesh By Design" instead--I took it out at the same time and it looks to be quite promising.
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