It’s no secret that Moroccan decor is having a moment. But, what most people don’t know is that the country’s artisan economy is in rapid decline. According to Rachel Bentley, co-founder of The Citizenry, “most “Moroccan-inspired” designs in the U.S. market are either vintage or manufactured in other countries – both of which do nothing to preserve the country’s age-old craft traditions that date all the way back to the 6th century.”

Which is why we’re so excited The Citizenry, with its mission of partnering with local artisans, country by country, has made Morocco the centerpiece of its latest collection. With this collection, The Citizenry invested in local artisan cooperatives to preserve these traditions and ensure these ancient crafts live on. “As one of the most ancient and elegant craft cultures, it was only a matter of time before we made our way to Morocco. From Beni Ourain rugs and wedding blankets to Hammam towels and leather poufs, our travels led us to discover some of the most incredible artisans we’ve ever worked with. Together, we went the extra mile to use only the highest quality materials – from sourcing the best leather and wood to even building new supply chains for premium wool, cotton, and cactus silk.”

One stand out piece is the Adara Wedding Blanket. The Citizenry partnered with one of the last groups in Morocco working to preserve this time-intensive art. “Typically worn by brides on their big day, these blankets take months to complete – hand-sewn with over 8,000 sequins. We’re proud to play a small role in ensuring this incredible craft continues to live on.”