Morocco is the antidote for anyone who has grown tired of minimalist design and beige interiors: saturated colors, intricate patterns, striking architecture. Like Doris Duke s tribute to Islamic art and design as embodied in Shangri La, Umberto Pasti s house and garden in Tangier is the perfect example of a well curated Moroccan escape full of museum quality pieces of furniture, luminous textiles, rare tiles and ceramics, and other objets d art worthy of a private gallery. Set in a lovely garden that is practically a botanic refuge, the house offers glimpses of the serene gardens and fountains through windows, archways and loggias, as well as Pasti s scholarly collection of tiles and rare textiles from Africa, the Middle East, and southern Europe. Also on display are highly crafted wooden objects that Pasti has rescued from obscurity and destruction. With evocative text and gorgeous specially commissioned photographs, this book offers a tour through one of the loveliest homes in Tangier complete with an eclectic and cosmopolitan mixture of objects and decor that bring to life the sophisticated fusion of Morocco s multicultural blend of cultures. Anyone interested in interior design and scholarly collecting will be inspired by the masterful photographs of this gracious home and its masterful collection.
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