Gifts of authenticity and mystique: The best of Morocco at Rustan’s

When you visit Rustan’s Department Store at the Ayala Center in Makati City to shop for your Christmas gifts, you should not miss going to its fifth floor, especially if you’re not sure about what to give someone who has everything in life — someone special or someone difficult to please. For the discriminating recipient, one who knows what quality is all about, and whose sense of aesthetics is both profound and impeccable, the right stuff to impress them and to signify affection for them is right here on the fifth floor.

Here, Rustan’s trove of curated Moroccan treasures allows shoppers and gift-givers the pleasurable experience of perusing and purchasing for themselves, their families, sweethearts, friends and loved ones, only the best and unique.

As the venue for the ongoing Moroccan Kingdom of Light Festival, the fifth floor of Rustan’s contains the finest of Moroccan home wares, décor and fixtures, as well as exquisite apparel for ladies, all distinct and authentic for their Middle Eastern aesthetics, and yet suitable to any home, whether eclectic in décor or minimalist. In the midst of an all-stark white space, Moroccan plates provide a break and a highlight, while on a dining table presided over by a sophisticated hostess, Moroccan tajines and dinnerware will never fail to impress guests. What about Moroccan Berber pillows to brighten up your living room? Or an exotic tea set to complement your homemade delicacies for an afternoon merienda?

Indeed, Oriental, or make that
Middle-Eastern, is always in and hot if aptly placed in a cosmopolitan setting because it transcends trends and provides continuity and tradition, thus hinting at the finer sensibilities of tasteful homeowners.

Along with the Rustan’s Group of Companies, the Moroccan Light Festival has been made possible by the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in the Philippines and the Morocco National Tourism Office.

LEATHER pouf: Authentic Moroccan poufs are made of leather embroidered with exquisite detailing on the top. Originated from ancient tanneries in the city of Fez where the skins of cows and goats are processed for use in leather goods. The poufs can be an addition to your living room. It can also be used as a low seat or next to your coffee table or a side table.

LANTERNS: Moroccan Lanterns or lamps have a long history dating back to ancient civilizations. They are made of different materials: silver, raffia, iron and sometimes palm… They can be magnificent decoration and add charm to your place since each piece is handmade and unique.

FOUNTAINS: Moroccan fountains are made of zellige which is an essential element of Moroccan architecture. The fountain is created in a harmonious color to give your living space an amazing ambiance. You can find zellige fountains in Riads in Morocco; they are well known in the city of Marrakech and shops in the city of Fez.

MOROCCAN teapot and trays: Every house in Morocco you will find a nice Moroccan teapot and trays. It is a part of  Moroccan culture and the tea is a symbol of hospitality in Morocco. Made by artisans using traditional methods and materials, the teapots have a built-in tea infuser filter and intricate hand, they always come as a set with a tray in different materials and Moroccan CERAMIC tiers. The ceramic and pottery illustrate the interweaving of Amazigh and Andalusian culture. The shape and colors vary from region to region in Morocco. The artisans have their own way and structure to design them. If you visit Morocco, don’t miss exploring the city of Safi, and the complex of Oulja in Salé known for its pottery.

MOROCCAN tea glasses. They are used to serve hot tea. They are usually decorated by hand and intricate gold designs. The tea culture is considered an art form in Morocco.

TAJINES are made of different materials –­- ceramic Moroccan zellige patterns or clay. In the tajine you can prepare all kinds of dishes (fish, vegetables or chicken). It’s a symbol of Moroccan cuisine.

TABLE linens. Moroccan table linens and plates are characterized by their vibrant colors and rich cultural heritage. The linens often feature bold geometric designs, ornate motifs and bright hues that reflect the country’s diverse history and artistic influences. Plates, on the other hand, showcase a fusion of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary style.

MOP: MOP tables are often handcrafted and display intricate craftsmanship, making them a luxurious and elegant addition to any space.

A SILVER fountain. The fountain is a Moroccan decorative water feature that embodies the elegance and artistry of Moroccan design. The fountain often showcases intricate silver metalwork, geometric patterns and ornate detailing; it brings a touch of luxury, cultural richness and a sense of tranquility to any environment.

BERBER poufs are made from natural materials, such as wool, leather or a combination of both. The wool used is often handwoven or knotted by talented Moroccan women artisans. Berber Moroccan poufs are not only functional pieces of furniture but also decorative elements that can add a touch of cultural authenticity and style to a room.

MOROCCAN ceramic plates are made with clay and hand-painted by Moroccan artisans with vibrant colors and intricate patterns, blending functionality and artistic beauty in Moroccan design.