As soon as I arrived in Marrakesh, a sense of peace washed over me. There's an unmistakable energy — and you instantly feel that there is something old and sacred about the surroundings. When I arrived at La Mamounia — a magnificent hotel that was once a palace — it did not take me long to find my first inspiration. There would be more revelations to come. The elaborate lanterns, door panels and old world architectural details led to the creation of three new collections you'll discover below.
What I experienced left me speechless, but I can tell my story by bringing back some of that beauty to share with you...
— Ava Manukyan —
masterpieces of architecture
Hotel La Momounia — This enormous masterpiece of architecture is covered with zellige and carvings, and filled with lanterns reflecting sensational patterns of light.
The medallion on the door panel to my room at La Mamounia was the inspiration for this jewelry. As I gazed at the silhouette, before my eyes, a vision emerged from the panel — of statement-making pieces that would reflect the same old world artistry as the panel itself.
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curvaceous and feminine
This jewelry was inspired by a lantern with myriad hand-cut openwork. Voluptuous shapes of latticework and traditional Moroccan motifs on the 36” teardrop necklace are embellished with Swarovski crystals that have a deep lustrous finish. The egg-shaped necklace echoes the patterns and silhouette of the lamp.
lacy latticework patterns
Curvaceous and feminine, the pattern that plays over the metal looks as delicate as if it were on gossamer-light fabric. With an eastern star motif and pavé crystal imbued with a deep luster, the pieces reflect the unmistakable spirit of Morocco.
Lacy latticework patterns of the lamp that inspired the collection play across teardrop shapes. The laser-cut brass frames are coated in zinc.
Incorporating the sophisticated and modern look of black and white, the matching ceramic jewelry collection mimics Moroccan tile and captures part of the print on each necklace. Similar to actual ceramic tile, each necklace pendant is hand sculpted from clay, fired in a kiln, then decorated with art.
Tapestry and fringe are a repeated motif in Moroccan textiles – you’ll see these embellishments even on the colorful textiles draped over the camels.
Multi-hued spice colors of Marrakesh add vibrance to beaded tassels.
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sparkle, swirls & scrolls
You could easily mistake these pieces for real diamonds. Complicated arabesque designs feature crystal pave with Brighton-ized swirls and scrolls. Each echoes the carvings on architectural surfaces inside the courtyard of Madrasa Youssef (a spectacular building that was a college from the 15th to the 18th century, and is now a museum).
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“...once seen, is never forgotten”
Photo was taken in the courtyard richly carved in cedar, marble and stucco
Ben Youssef Madrasa
Located in Marrakesh, this main square is used by locals and visited by tourists
Jemaa El Fna Square
One of the many Moroccan lantern shops found within Marrakesh's medina quarter
Beautiful tile work at La Mamounia
a palace-hotel in Marrakesh
Riad Enija in Marrakesh
One of the many “souks” of Marrakesh
Grand gateway into the heart of Marrakesh
Photo was taken on the grand and decorative verandas of La Mamounia