The word Riad comes from the Arabic term for garden. The Riad is part of a traditional Moroccan home, usually two or more story's in height that centre's around the courtyard (Riad). These types of homes were once only inhabited by the wealthy citizens.
The courtyard was a quiet space. Inwardly focused (both literally and metaphorically) the riads allowed for familial privacy and protection from the weather in Morocco. It had no windows and the walls were mainly constructed out of clay or mud brick. The design adhered to strict religious principles of Islam and the notions of privacy and hijab for women. Personal reflection was also encouraged as all of the rooms were openly and outwardly facing the riad.
The tiles used were usually strewn in calligraphy and had verses from the Quran while traditionally they also encouraged placing four lemon or orange tree's in the garden along with a fountain.
These beautiful courtyards are becoming a wonderful option for growing cities and the downsizing of homes and green spaces. Of course they are only in the likeness of, but nevertheless an incredible inspiration and space away from the noise of the city. -tM
Photography: Unknown | Riad's: Marrakech, Morocco