Meet Maryam Montague – Marrakesh based humanitarian and interior design guru

I am delighted to introduce you to Maryam Montague, and to the exotic world she inhabits.

Maryam Montague is a Marrakesh-based interior design guru, humanitarian and founder of sublime lifestyle brand “M. Montague”. I’ve been crushing on Maryam’s style and life since I chanced upon her book “Marrakesh by Design” a couple of years ago. The book celebrates Moroccan architecture, colour, patterns, textures, and interior styling. Her blog “My Marrakesh” had me hooked in no time and I’ve wiled away many-an-hour captivated by tales of life in what’s possibly the world’s premiere luxe-boho destination.

Maryam and her architect husband Chris originally hail from the U.S. and now reside in a glorious boutique hotel in Marrakesh called Peacock Pavillions that they designed and decorated themselves.

Peacock pavillions
Peacock Pavillions

Maryam curates handmade, one-of-a-kind textiles, jewellery and fashions from tribal communities for her “do-good” souk. I recently fell madly in love with some vintage Moroccan Berber pillows featured on her site (see pic below) – and I confess to gazing adoringly at them each time I walk into my lounge room.

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What I love most about this remarkable woman is her background in humanitarian work and her social justice convictions.  All M.Montague products and experiences resource Project Soar, a non-profit organisation established by Maryam to empower under-served Moroccan girls through art, sports, and health education.  Project Soar helps keep girls in school, breaking the cycle of girl marriages and early motherhood, and preparing girls to have productive and fulfilled futures.

I invite you to take an exotic trip from the comfort of your desk. Trust me, you’ll be so glad you did.