If you visit my apartment, you will find more Moroccan pillows than a human will need in a lifetime. Each time I visit Morocco and go shopping downtown, I am attracted to Moroccan pillow covers and cushions. I keep buying new ones for me or for my friends. The patterns, colors, and designs always get me.
Pillows are a must in Moroccan interior decor. Moroccan couples spend a good amount of time and money shopping for the right pillows. They can even design them from scratch with the help of an artisan. Growing up in Morocco, that’s what my parents used to do and what made me fall in love with Moroccan artisanal work.
Moroccan pillow covers come in distinct styles with different fabrics, colors, and patterns. The result is a pillow with a strong personality. Add a couple of Moroccan Berber pillows to a minimalistic couch or daybed and you will see what I mean. Moroccan pillows can make a decor chicer, cozier, more rustic or more delicate.
My favorite pillows are the ones that Moroccan artisans hand-made using natural fabrics. They are of the best quality and they can last for a long time. When you see all the hard work and creativity they needed, buying these pillows won’t be a random act but a way to help and empower these communities.
Moroccan Pillows & Cushions
Here are the most cherished Moroccan pillows in the design world. You can find these pillows in shops in Marrakech and other cities in Morocco.
For some options much closer to home, I’ll link to a few online shops that I use myself when I can’t restock directly from Morocco.
Tip: If you are visiting Morocco, check my Morocco Shopping Guide where I go through Morocco markets’ rules and dynamics. This guide is so helpful when shopping for handicrafts and souvenirs in Morocco.
1- The Moroccan Handira Pillow
Also known as Moroccan wedding blanket pillows, authentic Handira pillows are made of a sequin-decorated fabric used in Morocco as a wedding blanket for Berber brides.
They look chic and elegant. Definitely one of the most feminine and delicate pillows you can find.
2- The Moroccan Sabra (Cactus Silk) Pillow
These irresistible pastel pillows are made of Sabra, the Moroccan name for cactus silk.
Cactus Silk comes from the natural fibers of the cactus plant grown in the Moroccan desert. The traditional process of creating Sabra fabric can take several months. Once the fabric is hand-loomed, it is dyed in irresistible pastel colors that are a treat to the eye.
Authentic pillows made of real cactus silk and natural dies are on the pricier side. They are of the best quality and a good investment piece.
3- The Beni Ourain Moroccan Pillow
Moroccan Beni Ourain pillows are made by Berber Beni Ourain tribes, in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. You can recognize the Beni Ourain pillow covers by their signature style: made of 100% undyed sheep wool and decorated with geometric black designs.
4- Moroccan Kilim Pillows
The Moroccan kilim pillows are the way to go if you want to add colors and a rustic feel to your home decor.
There is a lot of imitation of kilim pillows, however, authentic Kilim pillows are hand-woven and hand-dyed using natural wool and dyes.
Kilim pillows are one of the most resistant pillows you can find in the market. That’s why designers love to use them as cushions in outdoor decor like in terraces and patios. The sun makes them age beautifully.
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thank you so much for all this information, I was about to buy a Moroccan pillow online and was lucky to read your post first. I am looking for Moroccan pillows for my patio, and I hesitate between the kilim and the handira pillow. Which one would you recommend?
Response from Moroccanzest
Hi laaeticia, all Moroccan pillows will be a great option. If the pillows you are looking for are going to stay in your patio for long periods of time, Kilim pillows and Cactus silk pillows are best as they are more resisting to the sun’s UV. The other pillows are great too, especially if you are looking for a more delicate and fluffy style. But you need to protect them regularly from the sun.