Lifestyle: Mo Mo's Restaurant, Rugs and Tea
Mo Mo’s Opened in 1997 and is still renowned as London’s most glamorous Moroccan restaurant, with gorgeous Marrakech-style interiors.
It’s all about tea. Tea and other beverages are an important part of Arabic culture. Invariably, during brisk negotiations in the souk, small glasses of extremely sweet tea will appear. The Arabic people, though world-class hagglers, never forget their famous hospitality.
Be prepared and always have a huge teapot at the ready. Hospitality in style and wit is easily achieved with our beautiful Hand-made Tuscan extra large teapot from our Stemma Collection.
Low level seating and rugs are at the heart of their café and to get the look at home the geometric patters can be found in antique kilims. Kensington Design has a selection handwoven from sheeps wool that come from different parts of old Turkey (Anatolia).[caption id="attachment_45048" align="aligncenter" width="666"] Mo Mo's is sparkling with light from intricately latticed mashrabiya (the Arabic term given to a type of projecting oriel window enclosed with carved wood latticework) - these windows and ornate metalwork lanterns, add to the allure.[/caption]
And if you've come stay in London, do head over to the Connaught Hotel and ask to stay in the Prince's Lodge. There you will see the most beautiful designs from the Turquoise Mountain foundation whose aim is to revive Afghanistan's traditional crafts, and to regenerate Murad Khani, a historic area of Kabul's old city known for its rich cultural heritage. Afghanistan was once a great centre of civilisation at the heart of the Silk Road. It inherited the traditions of India, Persia and Central Asia and blended them into a unique artistic culture. Beginning in the 1970s, decades of conflict almost destroyed these rich artistic and architectural traditions. In the time of the Taliban, many artisans were forced to flee the country or give up their craft. Until recently the Old City of Kabul was buried under two metres of garbage, had no running water, drainage or electricity, and its houses and historic buildings were in ruins and under threat from developers.
Turquoise Mountain has transformed Murad Khani, a district of the Old City, from slum conditions into a vibrant cultural, educational and economic hub. Turquoise Mountain has restored historic buildings, cleared rubbish and installed utilities throughout the entire community. A primary school and health clinic have also been established to ensure residents have access to health and education services.
An internationally accredited vocational institute is now training a new generation of Afghan artisans in woodwork, calligraphy and miniature painting, ceramics, jewellery and gem-cutting.
Murad Khani now serves as a highly visible symbol of cooperation between Afghanistan, the international community, and the residents and students of the old city of Kabul.