Morocco embodies a mixture of passionate past and practical present;
the impressive desert mixed with green gardens, deep silence with the
vibrating sound of the many-coloured Arab-markets which seem to belong
to another epoch and where the price of the offered products only depends
on the buyer's ability to bargain with the seller; luxury mingles with
plainness, and beaches with mountains.
Traditionalism and refinement are typical characteristics of the Islamic
circumstances which bring ist closer to the art of "Al Andalus"
than to the one of Argelia and Tunisia.
One of Morocco's traditional textiles is the tapestry, which is characterized
by the predominance of geometrical themes and flowered decorations.
Pottery workshops are also existing for a long time in Morocco.
The traditionla Moroccan craftmanship is specialized in cooper work
( techniques of chase work and engraving) as well as in mosaik-labours.
Located in the western part of a bay protected by the height of the
Espartel Cape and dominated by the Yaballa Mountains, the city is isolated
from the edge of Ceuta by the extremity of the calcareous mountain range
of the reef; it communicates with Tetuán and the Mediterranean
Sea by a depression.
This mythical city, a symbol for adventure and liberty, was the meeting
point for trading and making contraband, refuge of capitals and important
tourist centre, where all the cosmopolitan society of the 50s met.
The old city, situated in the slope of a small mountain, presents a
vivid contrast to the luxurious hotels of the modern society which are
built all along