Initially hand-woven by Berber craftspeople in central Morocco, the textiles are a part of a storied tradition that blesses newlyweds. But their romantic history is not the only thing that makes them highly pinnable. When used as throws, wall hangings, or upholstery fabric, the fringy and sparkly blankets add cozy style to spaces. Here is how to use these timeless textiles to spruce up your decor.
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Decorative Sofa Throw
Texture and shine can enliven a space dominated by neutral colors. In this loft apartment by interior design company, Wake and Loom, the Moroccan wedding blanket on the sofa is a toasty touch that pops.
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Pop of Neutral Texture
Even in rooms that do not follow a neutral color scheme a Moroccan wedding blanket can add visual warmth and pleasant texture. Case in point, this colorful and eclectic New York City apartment by interior designer Ashley Manfred. She used the beautiful textile to break up the color of a sizable sofa. The designer says it is a classic, decorating trick that adds visual interest.
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Wall Tapestry Tip
Beautifully made items look great from all sides. That is why this Moroccan wedding blanket is displayed backward. The clients who own this home decorated by French and French Interiors say they flipped the textile to show off the lovely, intricate weaving.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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After picking out the perfect curtain rod for displaying their blanket, they had a local seamstress attach a rod pocket to the textile using invisible sewing thread.
With the help of a power drill, they installed the rod roughly four feet above the mattress. They picked that height because it left a little empty wall space for pillows between the handira and mattress.
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Make a Moroccan Wedding Blanket Ottoman
While her first instinct was to make a Moroccan wedding blanket for the project, she found one to use at a clearance sale.
Here are the other supplies you will need to make this reasonably simple DIY: One foam bench cushion, a plywood board the same size as the cushion, and four coffee table legs.
In broad strokes, here is how to assemble: First, attach the legs to the bottom side of the board. Next, place the bench cushion on the top side of the board. Afterward, cover it with your blanket and using a staple gun, secure the textile and the cushion to the plywood board.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Textile Wall Hanging
Rich wood flooring, midcentury-inspired furniture, and rattan accents together spell homey in this living room by Gray and Gold Interior Design. Topping off the comfortably eclectic space is a Moroccan wedding blanket over the sofa. To get the drapey look shown, you can use a couple of nails or thumbtacks to hang a lightweight handira.
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DIY Wall Hanging
A small Moroccan wedding blanket, perfect for wall hanging can easily cost hundreds of dollars. But there are ways you can fake one on the cheap. Our favorite is this handira hack by Corinna, the blogger who pens A Designer at Home.
Her supply list includes three different types of white yarn, sequin ribbon, and a 16-inch lamp ring.
To assemble, just attach strands of yarn and pieces of ribbon to the lamp ring using a knot called lark’s head.
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When you can't afford a new sofa, give the one you got a charming new look with this idea by Marisa at The Neon Tea Party. She used two cute Moroccan wedding blankets to spruce up her seating area.