El Miria Palais Riad MarrakechOuahat Sidi Brahim
Marrakech 4000 - Maroc
The Riad was the antique masters residence of the Moroccan family. Inside they carried out most of their domestic duties, in particular the women, as they were not allowed to participate in the city life, they passed most of their time within these wonderful habitats.
Riad in Arabic means garden: the structure of the riad was developed around a patio which was often used by the women, who in being restricted to the home could benefit from this space.
Through out the day the courtyard gives light to the inside of the riad; in the middle there is a well were they drew the water, which was indispensible for their lives. For the Moroccan population it is important to distinguish between the domestic activities and public life, which is represented in the layout of the Riad. The riad is built with the windows doors and balconies facing to the inside of the riad, and tall walls to the outside which gives it its privacy and resting mystery from its domestic duties.
Originally the residence was divided into sections: women, men, personnel and children; to guarantee intimacy and respect towards the tenant. It is only in recent years that the riads in Marrakech have been converted into private residences, which gives the impression of the growing economy of the country.
The riad structure is present in all the medinas of Morocco, in the city of Fes, Meknes and Marrakech we can see enormous mansions which are a reminder of the past and a splendid rarity.