Moroccan lamps are a gorgeous and cultural statement to any room or home. Having one hang from your ceiling or sit at your table adds an elegance that few other lighting setups can compare with.
What is a Moroccan lamp? A traditional Moroccan lamp is a hanging lamp or lantern that is typically made out of tinted stained glass and rustic brass or wrought iron metalwork. The metalwork lattice and be extremely elaborate. These lanterns as some may call them are traditionally designed to hold candles or tea lights.
Two of the most popular colors that are used in Moroccan lanterns are blue and amber although most of the colorful lanterns consist of beautiful combinations with colors such as green, red, yellow, and even orange. These days they even come as fully electrical or even battery-powered for that modern look.
Moroccan lantern designs have a rich history and come in different styles so they have many different uses in your environment. Whether you already have a Moroccan lamp hanging in your study or are looking to buy one to add to your outdoor patio read on to learn more about these exquisite lamps.
What Different Styles of Moroccan Lamps Are Available?
While lamps and lanterns tend to mean the same thing in many different places in the world some cultures may not. Just like in America there are differences in how terms like soda or pop are pronounced the same can go for Moroccan lamps.
Just as there are a few different names and references these lamps go by their styles can differ as well. You can find Moroccan lamps for almost any spot in or around your home or establishment.
Here are some common names and styles that are also Moroccan lamps or lanterns. As well as some examples to give you some inspiration on where to point one.
Moroccan Garden Lanterns
These garden lamps can really set the mood for your evening. Placing them in your garden or courtyard just like in Morocco you can incorporate this culture with minimal maintenance.
Designed for an outdoor setting these Moroccan lamps add unique detail and create an outdoor ambiance that is hard to replicate or beat.
Whether you’re creating a romantic outdoor meal or trying to impress (or create envy) a Moroccan garden lamp is sure to help you meet that goal.
You can even get solar panel Moroccan lamps and line them in with flower beds or garden spaces. Increasing the beauty and magnificence of flowers, plants, and your garden spaces alike.
Moroccan garden lamps and lanterns are truly an outdoor beauty that is well worth the time learning and incorporating into your outdoor spaces.
Moroccan Table Lamps
Table lamps such as these add a taste of Morocco with a wide range of options. These lamps elevate your decor significantly regardless of the table lantern you use. You can use them as a focal point on your dining table or even as a decorative piece on your side table.
Moroccan table lanterns are probably the easiest way to begin incorporating them into your living spaces. Bringing a touch of Morocco culture to your table brings a style extremely unique and special.
Just as you can set the mood with the outdoor Moroccan lamps, Moroccan table lamps are quite easy to add. Most just plugin and you are good to go just like normal more traditional and modern lamps you may be used to.
Another route you could go is a cordless table lamp. If you are like most people in the world then cords trailing everywhere can become highly annoying.
Going with a cordless Moroccan lamp would be the way to go. You get all the elegance and beauty of the lamp and Moroccan culture minus the rats’ nest of cords and plugs. Not to mention having to make sure your Moroccan lamp is near an outlet as well.
Moroccan Hanging Lamp
Moroccan hanging lamps are some of the most diverse and authentic versions available. Every light usually has a mystical charm that shines its rays all over the room.
These hanging lamps as they are named are great for hanging throughout your home. With a wide range of styles, colors, and patterns they really can fit in just about anywhere.
Take this lamp for example. Can you see a beautiful Moroccan lamp like that hanging from the ceiling of your home? I can and it is just one example of many available.
Be careful when shopping for a Moroccan lantern especially hanging ones. There are no shortages when it comes to imitations and knock-offs. A couple of things to look for when choosing an authentic lamp include its material.
Is it brass? If not what is it made out of? Does it look handmade or machined?
Moroccan lamps are not only made of brass but they are always handmade. Almost anyone who makes Moroccan lamps will sell them with a guarantee, kind of like a certification that they are indeed genuine lamps.
When choosing your beautiful lamp and authenticity is important to you following those steps will ensure you end up with a Moroccan lantern both gorgeous and the real deal.
Moroccan Candle Lantern
Moroccan candle lanterns are the cute little lamp that is the savior for anyone with a smaller living space. These petite or as large as you’d like lanterns are a great solution for someone who wants the Moroccan style without all the flare and possible complexity of its other versions.
Candle lanterns are typically available in multiple patterns and colors. They also come away from the more traditional brass usually being made from copper and iron. Also their great for spots where an outlet isn’t available as its name implies you can operate them with a candle instead of a bulb.
Take these candle lanterns for example. They are both gorgeous and versatile allowing you to place candles within and light them that way. A good portion of these styles also allows you to hang them or even will work well as a table piece themselves.
As you can see from the picture above a Moroccan chandelier is one gorgeous piece of art. These lamps are some of the most extravagant, exquisite, and beautiful lamps one could place in their home.
With numerous options and configurations available you can go as many as eight or night lamps with one large one, to just a few like this one.
With all the designs also comes color schemes and patterns to choose from. Making these not only a huge lighting statement for your home but customizable enough so no one can come close to mimicking your setup.
A Moroccan chandelier is an eye-catching work of art and a great conversation piece. Owning one of these and having displayed in your home will definitely get some comments.
These are best suited for entertaining areas such as your dining room. You wouldn’t want all of its beautiful elegance to go to waste hiding in a back room so if this is one you are interested in do it justice and display it loud and proud.
Moroccan Lamp Ideas For Your Home
Incorporating a Moroccan lamp into your home is as easy as buying one and placing it somewhere in your home. You can also go full-on with adding additional extravagant Moroccan decor. Here are some ideas to inspire you.
For your Patio
For example, you could hang lamps throughout your outdoor garden. Lighting the path every step of the way. Up to your door or entertaining patio. They could even be used as simple yet beautiful outdoor lighting for an evening dinner outside.
For your Kitchen
Another great and unique idea is adding them to your kitchen. Nothing sets the mood and cooking style than these stylish lamps hanging above your head. For some inspiration, you can check this out, and maybe if you go this route looking up some traditional Moroccan food would be in order?
For the Living Room
Adding a Moroccan lamp to the living room is a great way to add some character and style. Not only are they beautiful pieces of art, but they make great conversation starters!
For the Bedroom
Lastly, these lamps can be stunning additions to even your bedroom or a guest house. Take a look at how these were incorporated. Beautiful aren’t they? This would certainly make anyone’s stay that much more enjoyable.
As you can see a Moroccan lamp really can fit in just about anywhere. It all comes down to the style you wish to achieve and the level of lighting you would like. They really go well with aesthetic bedroom decor and bohemian decor styles.
Moroccan lamps make it easy to keep simple by adding a table lamp to a cozy reading space. Or an elegant chandelier to your dining room.
The possibilities with Moroccan lamps truly are limited only by your imagination and what’s in your budget.
What Is the History of Moroccan Lamps?
Moroccan lamps take their roots from Moorish and Moroccan architecture. Located in the northwestern tip of Africa, Morocco has been around for centuries. With Morocco is strategically placed between Africa, Europe, and Asia the town has had quite a few influences throughout those years.
Due to that location, it has taken cultural cues from places such as Arab, Persia Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. This has allowed Morocco to act as a “cultural conduit” for their fusion.
This fusion as they like to call it is perfectly reflected in the unique design of Moroccan lamps and lanterns. It is believed that Moroccan lanterns were brought to India by Mughal emperors along with other architectural treasures and marvels.
It was in the city of Moradabad that Moroccan lamps would find a home and was established in 1625 AD by Rustam Khan under the then Emperor Shah Jahan. Moradabad is also known as “Pital Nagri” which means the Brass City.
The famous brass handicrafts industry is what helped flourish this art in India. It is because of these roots that so many things but especially the Moroccan lamps would one day spread across the world. Thanks to these early years I now get to enjoy the integral brass and metal artwork the Moroccan culture made famous.
Moroccan lamps and lanterns are two different names you might have noticed being used. With so many different cultural legacies these lamps are known by a few other names.
What Is the Difference Between a Traditional Moroccan Lamp and a Turkish Moroccan Lamp?
Now as you may have noticed with our above picture the Moroccan chandelier was similar yet different to the other Moroccan lamps that have been displayed here. Although it is still a Moroccan lamp in a way that one would be more of a Turkish Moroccan lamp.
Now, what are the differences between Moroccan and Turkish lamps? Well, first the two lamps do actually have different origins, as their names would imply.
The second and main difference is the material details each lamp incorporates.
Turkish lamps are made of glass mainly. Lamp designers cut colored glass into geometrical shapes and put them together to create their unique designs, colors, and patterns.
While Moroccan lamps are made of metal and their patterns are typically made up of round holes rather than various shapes.
So to tell the difference is really quite simple. If the lamp your looking at is made of any colored glass then you are looking at a Turkish Moroccan Lamp.
And if you have one that is all metal then a Moroccan lantern is what you have. Both, regardless of their differences, are beautiful pieces and certainly worthy of a spot in anyone’s home.
What Moroccan Lamp Would I Choose?
Talking about all these lamps really got me thinking about what lamp would I choose? Well if it didn’t matter what kind of space I had or finances that choice would be pretty easy.
I would go with a Turkish Moroccan hanging chandelier. Even though the installation upfront may be a little troublesome you simply cannot beat the beauty and elegance one of these brings to a room.
With the design of a Moroccan lamp and the colorful glass display of its Turkish cousin I just think the pattern and lighting it displays is simply wonderful.
Now that you know all about Moroccan lamps and lanterns what will you choose? Will you go for a more traditional design? Or a simple yet stylish table one?
Or will you agree with our choice and go for a combination of the beautiful Turkish Moroccan lamps?
No matter the lamp you choose we’re sure that you’ll bring Moroccan culture into your home with the same style and elegance as the Moroccan lamp itself.