The Khalid Art Gallery is becoming somewhat of an institution in Marrakech. Located on Dar el Basha in a traditional Riad, the Art Gallery (perhaps more accurately defined as a shop) is bursting with some of the most sought after Moroccan antiques and exquisite artisanal products that Marrakech has to offer. It is easy to see why it has become so popular with the international jet set.
The Khalid Art Gallery Riad has now been joined by a smaller, more compact gallery dedicated to a vast collection of exquisitely restored and lovingly made jewellery and fine metalwork. Rasheed, pictured above, invited us into the smaller Khalid Art Gallery to show us around. He told us that this second shop, located just 100m down the road from the main Khalid Art Gallery Riad, has only been open for a year before picking out his favourite pieces of Jewelry and explaining the cultural significance and origin of the design and how each piece is made.
However, if you are looking for larger souvenir to decorate your home – perhaps a traditionally painted clay vase or a wrought iron design – then it is definitely the larger Khalid Art Gallery you are after. In fact, the Khalid Art Gallery is located on our ‘Iron and Clay’ Medina walk available on our free MarrakechRiad app. In this way, the Khalid Art Gallery is perhaps the perfect place to look round during the Iron and Clay’ walk as it demonstrates the artistic heights that these two traditional art forms can reach.
Lying at the northern point of the world famous Souks, hidden down a small alleyway off the main Souk passageways, it is possible to find a row of Iron workshops inhabited by local Marrakchis. Although this spot remains uncharted on the majority of tourist maps and guides, if you download our MarrakechRiad app and follow the ‘Iron and Clay’ Medina walk it is easy to navigate towards this secret corner of Marrakech.
Whilst exploring this area we spoke to Hakim, a local iron worker who invited us into his small workshop to show us the beautiful iron gate he was making. Hakim was reluctant to have his photograph taken (a common occurrence in Marrakech). Indeed, at this point in the Iron and Clay walk, it is important to remember that you are venturing into someone’s place of work; but it is this rare intimacy that makes this small section of the Souk so special: it is possible to glimpse the wonders of Marrakech beyond the tourist gaze as the iron designs that so popular across all of Marrakech and a remain a prominent feature in all of our Riads, are constructed in front of your eyes.
This area of the Souks are just a 5 minutes walk from Riad Cinnamon and Riad Star at the heart of the Medina. If you would like to find out more about the free MarrakechRiad app, the ‘Iron and Clay’ walk or any of our other Medina walks then our Riad staff would be happy to help.