Home Decor Boutique: Sheherazade
One of my all time favorite trips was to Marrakesh – the architecture is amazing and shopping in the souks is pleasantly overwhelming. There are so many beautifully handcrafted objects including slippers, leather goods, hand painted pottery and tea glasses, embroidered fabrics and clothing, hand woven rugs and metal lanterns. A finely curated selection of these types of items can be found at Sheherazade a home decor store in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. The owner, Rachid Ouassil partners with local artisans from Morocco, Turkey, Egypt and other Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries to create exclusive pieces that are showcased at Sheherazade.
On my recent trip to New York, I finally had the chance to stop by the store and check out the extensive collection of Moroccan and Middle Eastern home furnishings and accessories. I also had the pleasure of a personal tour by the charming owner, Rachid, who is current on design trends, very helpful and willing to go the extra mile for his customers. They also do custom work and may also source special requests, such as architectural elements like the Moroccan doors I asked about.
Some of my favorite items included the throw pillows in silk ikat and suzani fabrics, the leather poufs in an array of colors, metal lanterns and a beautiful carved wood daybed. The store is absolutely enchanting and a great resource whether you are trying to create an entire Moroccan inspired interior or just looking for a few unique pieces. You can shop on their website here but I strongly suggest a trip to store if possible.