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https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-exoticand-chaoticmedina-of-marrakesh-lures-home-buyers-1525269600

Crowds in the souk of Marrakesh’s old city, the medina. James Rajotte for the Wall Street Journal
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The old city in the heart of Marrakesh, Morocco, tempts overseas buyers with lavish, ornamented courtyard homes called riads

Crowds in the souk of Marrakesh’s old city, the medina. James Rajotte for the Wall Street Journal

From the outside, the historic houses of the ancient Moroccan city of Marrakesh are deliberately modest and featureless. But to step over the threshold of a traditional riad is to enter a world of vivid color and lavish ornamentation.

Tiled mosaic floors, walls coated in polished “tadelakt” plasterwork and enormous, hand-painted cedar beams are among the classic hallmarks of these homes, which show off the quality of local craftsmanship as much as the wealth and prestige of the owner.

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