Tuesday, 16 January 2007

Response to Skierans #2

I have two issues with finding a good Moroccan intermediary:

1. Moroccans are only beginning to realize that they have a wonderful architectural heritage that needs preserved. Like Jillian mentioned, for quite a few years "new" has been the goal, from the silly Chinese dinnerware sets to ghastly new concrete houses. Beautiful old silverware and family riads were left behind in the push to remove themselves from being identified as "arobiya."

2. This is going to ruffle a few feathers, but anyone who's spent any time in Morocco has had their share of unscrupulous dealings committed by the local populace. Sure, the Westerners could be trying to pull the wool over your eyes, but sometimes it's a little easier to tell with them. I'd say that word of mouth is going to be the best bet - if someone's had good dealings with a Moroccan intermediary, word of that will spread.