Bohosouk founders Fatim and Cathy both travel far and wide throughout Morocco meeting local artisan craftsmen and craftswomen, watching them at work, learning how each item is made using traditional methods and meeting their families. 

Beldi glassware

Beldi glassmakers at work in Marrakesh     Traditional Moroccan Beldi glasses serving drinks

"Beldi" means "traditional" or "indigenous" in Arabic. This glass, originally used to serve tea, has an iconic shape making it unique and immediately recognisable. Made from recycled glass, it is melted in an oven at 1,600 degrees until it forms an orange paste; the glass is then blown by mouth and cut by hand to take the shape of the glasses we know. The wasted parts go back in the oven while the glasses are cooked for another three hours before being washed and sent to the storage department. The charm and character of each glass is enhanced by small irregularities. You can use them to serve tea or coffee, desserts or as decorative storage jars.
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Sabra silk cushions

Sabra silk cushions     Moroccan Sabra silk cushions on a sofa
Sabra silk is a luxurious fabric made from the Saharan Aloe Vera Cactus using a process that has changed very little over the centuries. The cactus leaves are crushed and then soaked in water to break up the fibres. The fibres are then dried and spun into a fine silk. The finished woven fabric has a visible weave to it, similar to linen, which is then dyed using natural pigment dyes often from other botanicals or minerals. Finding an authentic Sabra artisan who uses the traditional methods is getting rarer and rarer across Morocco. We are proud to be showcasing this beautiful heritage skill, ethically made using a sustainable natural fibre in our range of one-off artisan-made Sabra cushions.
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Hand-loomed Ait Bouguemez rugs

Moroccan woman hand weaving an Ait Bouguemez rug     Hand woven Ait Bouguemez rug from Morocco
Woven by a women’s co-operative from finest virgin wool, each rug takes up to a month to complete. Based in the Ait Bouguemez Valley, 6 hours drive from Marrakech, we travelled to meet the women weavers who we source directly from to ensure they earn a fair wage to support their families. The region is cut off for several weeks in winter, the climate is hard and life is tough. We visited the women in their homes where they work with neighbours and family members to prepare the wool and weave on a family loom. 
This direct woman to woman relationship is important to us, supporting these skilled artisans to enable them to continue their incredible long-held traditions and support their families.