31.05.2010

*queen of sabra*

never heard before in your life? ...may you thinking now about the *queen of sheba*...??
*hhh* come with me and discover the *beauty* of *sabra*.... :-)
sabra means *cactus silk*....superfine thread made from some kind of  *cactus*....soft, shiny and dyed in 1001 bright colours....
and wherever you are going in morocco, the *queen of sabra* is crossing your way....in little shops packed with tons of thread....
whenever you passing by someone who is wearing a traditional moroccan *djellaba*...you can find sabra transformed  into cute, little *buttons* and traditional *trim*....
carefully choosen.....trust by Rachid in his shop, he will find for sure the perfect matching colour for your fabric...and measuring the old fashioned way.!

images: petra hassan

29.05.2010

*desert design*

come with me....
and take a *look* :-)
for the little *details*....
of *design*...made in the *sahara desert*...
so..I found the parking place of the *magic carpet*....ready for a *flight*?? ;-)
and traces of a *snake*...carved in sunbleached tiles...
dancing *sunlight* on clay & straw plastered walls...
a hint of *retro*...
a metal *filigree* decorated window...
and a *splash* of fresh colour...hidden in the courtyard...

and....*inspiration*....for fresh ideas....:-)

images: petra hassan

22.05.2010

*1001 oasis*

is a *special* theme this year at the gartenfestival in Hannover....
inbetween *palm* trees....
under the *blue*blue* Hannover sky....a hint of the *oriental*....
ah...two caravaning *camels* found the way to the garden... :-) :-)
a *little* oriental lounge... enjoy *cardamom mocca* and oriental patisserie....
 a  sweet *swedish* rasta designer girl....
handmade *ranipink* oriental treasuries...
and the *ranipink* summer bed is back....
colourful *cool* swedish design for children goes perfect with *ranipink* oriental design...made in Hannover....with love...
come and visit Charlotte and me in our tent at the Gartenfestival Herrenhausen in Hannover this weekend :-)
and...of course...the *camels* looking forward meeting you, too  :-)

www.gartenfestival-herrenhausen.de 

images: petra hassan

20.05.2010

*moroccan citrus*

the result of some days in the *souk*....the moroccan *souk*... and the girl watched too much *citrus fruits*...:-)
and a little sahara *desert* oasis tale.....
I felt like a little *princess*....wrapped in linen, silk and colourful cotton *voile*.....
like a little desert *lemon* princess....
who just felt off the *magic* carpet...or the *white* camel?...and found herself in the *oasis*......on a sunny day...
next to a metal *filigree* chair and a *pretty* tiled table.....who goes perfect with the coat...

ah...what a bliss to be in the desert!

find the *moroccan citrus* coat here....and of course...customized in any colour!

pictures: Hassan Krifa for ranipink
place: auberge Sahara, Hassilabiad near Merzouga/Morocco

18.05.2010

*Omar*

he is a man from the *sahara desert*....
 a real *berber* man....wearing *blue*blue* clothes....
and he is a man who is speaking with the *camel*....
and walking with the camels in the *desert*...
and he took care...
about me, the white *camel* and the carefully wrapped *turban* on my head....and....that I get not lost...in the *sahara desert*... :-)

shukran bzf, Omar!

pictures: Hassan Krifa for ranipink

16.05.2010

*happy sunday*

with *love*....to all of you, my *dearest* readers....
with two beautiful *magic* pictures....
filled with *love*....found in the alleys of the *windy* of the windy medina of Essaouira :-)

I am still impressed every time I am watching this, my photographer friend Hassan took them a few weeks ago when I worked with him in Essaouira and I am happy to share it with all of you. So I wish all of you a very *happy sunday* filled with love and relaxing hours :-)

images: Hassan Krifa

15.05.2010

*coffee blue(s)*

come with me...for a little...
 no... a giant *blue*blue* mug of delicious *cafè au lait*....
 *moroccan style* coffee.... ;-)
 for a very *blue* hour....
in a shimmering *chalcedon* blue silk dress....and a *blue*blue* sahara shawl.... perfect for the *blue hours* in the windy city of Essaouira ;-)

pictures: Hassan Krifa for ranipink

13.05.2010

*auberge sahara*

so...my *magic carpet* took me far away....to the *deserted* country...
and I stepped through a *yellow* painted gate....watched fascinated the *simple* architecture....
passed by a little *desert* garden in a pott....
found myself again in a simple *moroccan red* and *saffron yellow* tiled courtyard...3 *desert* coloured *little* frogs jumped around....from time to time....
a *simple* lunch with a great *dune view* ....and the most *delicious* mint tea....ah...
the *cat* of the desert *house* was sleeping....*zzzzzzzzzz*
*cool* aqua blue water....
and found myself in the *magic* desert night....cozy wrapped in a *wool* blanket....
and enjoyed the fresh brewed *foamy* coffee....what a *bliss* :-)

the auberge sahara is located in a small village called hassilabied near merzouga in front of the dunes. A very clean, well organized and simple place to stay. They also offer camping places, sleeping in tents, rooms and  well guided overnight trips in a *desert* camp...of course with *nice* camels :-)
I am still impressed by the very warm welcome of all the nice people in the auberge sahara, I felt very comfortable all the time and....once you staying at this place...may you will coming back again...and again....exploring the *real* desert life....and I want to say thank you again for the nice and *relaxing* time :-)

may you ask youself now how to get to this place? A few weeks ago the moroccan supratours company started the route Marrakech-Merzouga and back for 200 DIR one way (about € 19,-). It takes about 12 hours time to get there from Marrakech and the bus will stop for 2 lunch breaks in the atlas mountains and in a village between Ouarzazate and Errachidia.

A very *special* thanks to Bedouin Hmad from merzouga-zagora-expeditions.com for organizing & taking care :-)

auberge sahara
ksar hassi labiad
hassilabiad village near merzouga/morocco
www.aubergesahara.com

images: petra hassan

10.05.2010

*destination sahara*

I went over *pink* mountains....the windows had been not so clean at all... ;-) the driver of the *moroccan* CTM bus was sometimes driving like *fou*.....*yikes*....
higher and higher....over the *atlas* mountains....
and...I enjoyed every second, minute, hour.....12 hours....
several *berber* donkeys & horses *crossed* my way....
the *greenest* mountain gardens...*red* poppy fields...*pink*roses*...*yellow* flowers passed by...*fast*....bright colours *overload*....
a *little* palm tree...cool *light blue* sky....*white* clouds running....
 and...berber *ladies* washing....
 
beautiful decorated *kasbah* houses on the left....and the right....*sun bleached colours*...
 a *fast* taxi drive...watching the *blue*blue* desert evening sky....*dreaming*.....
 final destination!

...more *desert* magic and little *oasis* stories coming...soon! :-)

images: petra hassan