If you step out of the doors of the Riad Cinnamon and stroll past the Ben Youssef mosque, you will encounter the numerous scarf stalls that line the walls in the direction of Souk Semmarine.
The stalls showcase kaleidoscopic arrangements of vivid colours and patterning,
the likes of which can not be found in the city market districts of Europe. Most of the scarves are locally sourced from near Marrakech, however some salesmen choose to import from Turkey, Iran and Pakistan.
And as well as being a fashion accessory, scarves offer protection against the often harsh conditions of the Moroccan climate and have been a fundamental aspect of Islamic identity in Morocco for many hundreds of years.
The scarves on offer in this district of Marrakech are all of the highest calibre of quality and are very reasonably priced, ranging from prices of 20 (£1.47) to 120 (£8.83) Moroccan dirhams depending on the size and design.
An authentic Moroccan scarf is an accessory that’s truly unique to this corner of the globe, explore the magic of Marrakech through the comfort of a luxury Riad Hotel for yourself, and take a piece of Morocco home with you.

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The Almoravid Koubba is the oldest building in Marrakech, constructed in 1117 it’s the only remaining example of architecture from the Almoravid Berber dynasty of which remains in the red city.

In times long gone past the space that the Koubba occupies was used for washing before prayer. At the time a then revolutionary system of hydraulics and drainage networks meant that toilets, showers and faucets for drinking water were available to all those who prayed at the Almoravid Mosque that the Koubba was once attached to.

The interior of the Almoravid Koubba is lavishly decorated. Floral patterns and calligraphy that have been etched into the walls of the structure are still in remarkably pristine condition.

As you enter the prayer room, the original architects of the Koubba have left the following message along the ceiling:

“I was created for science and prayer, by the prince of the believers, descendant of the prophet, Abdallah, most glorious of all Caliphs. Pray for him when you enter the door, so that you may fulfill your highest hopes.”

The message makes reference to Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad and the inscription is the oldest physical example of the Mahgrebi form of cursive Arabic in the entirety of North Africa.

The Almoravid is but 40 metres away from the Ben Youssef Mosque, another fascinating cultural site and a highly convenient two minute stroll from the Riad Cinnamon.