blue is not just a color, but also a lifestyle
Africa. Morocco. Marrakech.
In 1923 the artist Jacques Majorelle - known more for its mansion than for its colorful paintings - bought a land that stood outside the city at the edge of a palm grove. The property was completely isolated and peaceful and he decided to build a Moorish house to live in and a Berber house where to work.
In 1933, architect Paul Sinoir designed him a cubist villa, where bright colors crept onto the walls, doorways, and pergolas. He painted his garden like his canvas, with splashes of cobalt and acid citrus.
The aesthetics of the garden is carefully thought: everywhere there are colors and architectural shapes playing together and shadows making patterns and new games between elements. Cacti of all varieties make up an important part of the garden and since no garden is perfect if there is no water.. several pools and many fountains were designed. Trees are essential for the garden: thanks to their large size they create shadows and provide a comfortable temperature. In the middle of the garden, there is the Berber Museum where is presented a private collection of jewelry and textiles from the Berber culture: the collection gives a thorough insight into the craftsmanship of the Berber culture.
The Jardin Majorelle is a place for contemplation, relax, pleasure, and, last but not least, inspiration. Le Jardin is often referred to as the Blue Garden; it has been officially named as we know it after its founder's death, the French painter Jacques Majorelle.
Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge in 1966 bought both the garden and the house. Together they continued Majorelle's efforts to develop the garden to what it is today.
Today, Jardin Majorelle is one of Marrakech's most visited tourist attractions - more than 700,000 visitors each year - and it is run by a larger non-profit foundation (Jardin Majorelle Foundation) that supports cultural and educational activities, besides taking care of Yves Saint Laurent's heritage of fashion, drawings, photographs and more.
Information about opening hours, prices and location can be found on their website.
Photography by: Jardin Majorelle