Everything About Moroccan Wrought Iron

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  • Last update: Nov. 20, 2021, 7:57 p.m.

Iron is very malleable. You can shape it without having to melt it. 

In the African tradition, the work of metal by fire was considered the work of sorcerers. Men in contact with these elements were both feared and slightly despised.

Metalworkers never stop using their talents and imagination to produce original pieces.

In the past, wrought iron was very present in elements of Moroccan architecture. We find beautiful grids at the doors, portals, gates, windows, etc

Today, wrought iron is present in furniture, sofas, living room benches, etc. Decorative accessories such as lamps, lanterns, candlesticks, wall mirrors. 

Then later, more refined and original iron articles see the light in this flourishing market. We are talking about artistic ironwork.

How to create ironwork objects?

There are two main methods to create ironwork pieces: molding and shaping.

Molding includes the making of a mold in clay. We poured the molten metal into a reserved opening. When the mold cooled slightly, the object emerged. And then, the apprentices begin the work of filing and polishing.

Shaping consists of hammering sheets, bars, or metal nets. We can then say that the iron is beaten.

Traditional ironwork 

The traditional protection grid

Window with traditional protection grid

Window with traditional protection grid in Marrakech museum

Artisans of ironwork are prized for their skill, creation, and imagination. 

In the past, they expressed their skill in the manufacture of inventive locks and latches. 

For the manufacture of a protection grid, artisans rarely used soldering. They made the mainframe of round iron bars vertically engaged with others. The mainframe bars are of the same caliber. They thickened the decorations with bonds in flat or round iron of smaller width. 

Royal palaces gates

Royal palaces gates

Metal work and Tiling at Royal Palace Gates, Fes, Morocco

Lanterns

Huge iron lantern

Huge iron lantern in Marrakech museum

Modern ironwork

The maalams (Craftsmen) turned to the manufacture of more refined and distinct articles. The modern iron items are in different shapes, patterns, and dimensions. 

We recognize the craftsmen specializing in fences, tables, chairs, lanterns, etc.

The result is this stimulating atmosphere you feel in hotels, reception areas, cafés, restaurants, or at home in your rooms. 

Lanterns for intimate and soft lighting

Colored glass iron lantern

Colored glass iron lantern

Do you want to create an oriental atmosphere worthy of the Thousand and One Night at home? You can opt for wrought iron lanterns. The lanterns add a romantic and soft touch while lighting up your interior.

 Iron lantern with candle

Iron lantern with candle

Moroccan wrought iron living room

 Moroccan wrought iron living room

Moroccan wrought iron living room

You can compose your small Moroccan lounge with two or three wrought iron 3-seater U-shaped benches with a glass-top coffee table. The lounge will help you bring together family members and guests over a meal to share good times.

 Moroccan wrought iron living room

One sofa, two armchairs, and coffee table with Moroccan zellige

Wall corner shelf

Wall corner shelf

Wall corner shelf

Wall corner shel, vintage decor with industrial and minimalist look.

Mirrors

Moroccan mirror in wrought iron

Wrought iron mirror

Moroccan mirror in wrought iron with floral designs.

Artistic ironwork

Artistic ironwork has brought a distinct ornamental touch to Moroccan craftsmanship.

Moroccan mirror in wrought iron

Wrought iron cactus

Artistic ironwork is committed to traditional techniques, but it calls for the creativity and discovery of new processes. Here are some illustrations of Artistic ironwork.

Wrought iron cactus

Wrought iron cactus

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