Ali Baba Berber Collection
Just an hour’s drive northeast from Marrakech lies the small Berber village of Tazarte. Many years ago, a family buried their personal belongings in a cave. The entrance to the cave was disguised with brambles, dirt and stones, and the family left the area for a new life. Included among the treasures in the cave were earthenware cooking and couscous pots, blackened from over 100 years of fires; old narrow doors from a room of the adobe house that had melted back into the earth; a hammered metal scale that had weighed the wool of hundreds of sheep; combs adorned with Berber designs used for separating the fibers of wool and the carpets that had been painstakingly made from them; a hollowed-out log and wood pestle used for crushing wheat and many more items. The cave was revisited by family members, brambles and stones removed from the entrance, and the collection again saw the light of day. You will find this collection of Berber artifacts on display throughout the cafe.