Berber Chic: The Moroccan Wedding Blanket

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Moroccan wedding blankets have long been one of my most coveted accessories– and they’ve certainly gained a lot of popularity in the design world over the last few years. Moroccan wedding blankets are a Berber invention, traditionally woven for brides to wear on their wedding days. After the ceremony, the blanket served as a token of good luck in the new couple’s home.

It’s not difficult to see why these blankets, also known as handira, have become so highly cherished around the world. They are the perfect bohemian chic accessory: handwoven with graphic, tribal patterns, but still glamorous with a hint of sparkle. They are also incredibly versatile; they can be used as wall hangings, throw blankets, rugs, or reconstituted as pillow cases.

moroccan wedding blanket handira pillow throw

The texture is complex, but the color is neutral– just the right balance of ornamentation and simplicity. 1) Vintage handira via Muima 2) El Ramla Hamra pillows via Decorator in a Box.

moroccan wedding blanket bedroom chinoiserie wallpaper lilac dusty rose

A stunning bedroom with dusty rose chinoiserie wallpaper and a wedding blanket at the foot of the bed. Via Glitter Inc.

Le Parker Meridien moroccan wedding blanket modern four poster bed

Le Parker Meridien in Palm Springs via Fashion Squad.

Bathroom Rug moroccan wedding blanket silver bathtub

I’m not sure I would want to get a handira soaking wet, but it sure does look nice with that free-standing silver tub! Both images via Fashion Squad.

Anthropologie moroccan wedding blanket

What this blanket lacks in authenticity and handcrafted quality, it makes up for in price! Unlike pricey antique handira, this Anthropologie blanket costs $128!