by Laura Gaskill, Houzz
Traditionally worn over brides’ shoulders as a wedding garment, handira, also known as Moroccan wedding blankets, are beautiful textiles handmade by Berber artisans in the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco. These decorator darlings have gathered a loyal following around the globe, and for good reason: The incredible texture of the handwoven cloth, with patterns of thick fringe and a bit of sparkle from mirrored sequins, can upgrade everything from floors to furniture. Read on for 10 creative ways to put this textile to work.
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1. Bedspread: A large Moroccan wedding blanket makes a beautiful bedcover, adding textural interest and a touch of glamour to this serene sleeping space. Since most wedding blankets are neutral in color, mixing and matching your other bedding is easy.
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2. Headboard refresh: For an easy headboard update, simply drape a wedding blanket over the center of your headboard. For the best fit, measure your bed before shopping, and look for a wedding blanket that will cover at least two-thirds of the width of the headboard.
3. Folded at the foot of the bed: Authentic, vintage Moroccan wedding blankets can be quite pricey. To keep within your budget but still get the look, choose a smaller blanket, fold it in half or thirds and lay it across the foot of your bed.
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4. Wall hanging: Instead of hanging framed artwork above the bed that you can bump into or knock down, why not hang a wedding quilt? The textiles are rich and warm, making them a perfect choice for the bedroom.
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5. On the floor: Add unexpected texture to an empty hall by laying a wedding blanket on the floor. Just be aware that wedding blankets catch crumbs like crazy and are not easy to clean, so it’s best to use one in a low-traffic area.
6. Daybed cover: Create your own Moroccan lounge simply by covering a low daybed or mattress with a wedding blanket. Topped with nubby pillows, it becomes an inviting spot to sit and chat or have tea.
7. Tossed over an armchair: Loosely draped over a chair, a wedding blanket can turn even a basic seat into something exotic. Because the blankets are handmade, each is unique — and some have quite pronounced tufts of fringe that can feel lumpy to sit on. So for this or any seating application (including No. 6, the daybed) choose a wedding blanket with a bit less texture if you can.
8. Quick couch makeover: Getting tired of your old sofa? Instead of replacing it or springing for expensive new upholstery, give it a new look in an instant by draping a wedding quilt neatly over the back. The neutral hues work with just about any color of couch.
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9. Pillow covers: You can find cushions made from Moroccan wedding blankets ready to buy, or you can have a local seamstress turn a blanket into cushions for you. To make the textile go the farthest, have the backs of the cushions done in a solid fabric.
10. Cozy throw: Channel the original intention of the wedding blanket and use it as a wrap around your shoulders on a chilly evening. These unique, intricately woven textiles look appealing no matter where you toss them.
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