The Marrakech street ‘traffic’ whizzes by as young plaster carver Yussef works on a piece in his boutique in the Souk Sidi Isshak near to the Ben Yussef Medersa in central Marrakech just around the corner from Riad Cinnamon.

Youssef is a 17 years old, since he left school he has been learning this craft from his father a master plaster worker or ‘mellem gubs’.

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The skill of craftsmen practicing ancient trades in Marrakech is quite astonishing. The renovation of our Riad hotels involved dozen of ‘mellem’ or  master craftspeople.  Among the most impressive to watch working was the ‘mellem gubs’ the plasterworker.

The intricate cornices and ceiling pieces were actually cast in the Riad just as they would have been centuries ago.

Our restored Marrakech Riads are the perfect base from which to explore the ancient Medina. Browse the photographs on our site to see the quality of our accommodation blending traditional crafts with modern creature comforts! Reserve accommodation today!

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