|winding medina alleys|
|great audience chamber entrance|
The decoration of such chambers was utterly astonishing. Sadly, not all of it is particularly well preserved. You get the best impression from looking at the ceilings which have suffered less than walls and floors from the ravages of time.
Here you can see the stunning painted wood ceiling and part of the tiled frieze beneath.
|audience chamber: painted ceiling and tiled frieze|
This is a relatively undamaged section of the wall carving in the great chamber, all done by hand and clearly expensive. Yet another sign of the owner's high status. When it was new, it would have been even more colourful than this.
|wall carving in great audience chamber|
Our heroine would not have had access to the great chamber; at least, not when there were other men about, but she would have been able to use the garden, in the centre of the house.
|courtyard garden, Dar Si Said museum, Marrakech|
Water, so precious in desert countries, was central and it was celebrated, as here, with fountains and beautiful tiling. When the garden was lush and green, particularly in spring and early summer, this would have been a glorious place to be, with the high walls shading the harem ladies from the hot sun as well as the prying eyes.
|tiled courtyard pool, shaded by canopy|
|a Marrakech concubine?|