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Design Inspired by Tunisia

Updated: Apr 1, 2020


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ON LIVING

I lived in Tunis for three years a while back. My home for a time was in legendary Carthage along the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Among the impressive features of the duplex were bougainvillea covered arches, a wrap around balcony, and a tall avocado tree.

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I learned to cook in that house, inspired by a quirky but large kitchen. North African and Italian recipes were created and shared. Fresh fish was easily found in the daily market and French bakeries enticed us with morning croissants. Favorite moments consisted of evening wine and cheese with friends.

ON DESIGN

Among many other artisan beauties, Tunisia is known for it’s ornately designed pottery, and colorful Berber rugs. The picturesque area of Sidi Bou Said attracts tourists in Tunis for it’s views and plethora of handmade decor.

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One of my favorite places to visit was the glass blowing show room of Sadika. Owner and artist, Sadika Keskes, has created a glorious space for cotton hammam bath towels called foutas, layers of Tunisian rugs, and local jewelry. Her space also features a variety of works from local painters.