at home with : dorothea mckenna elkon, morocco
Friday 28th February, 2014
by Anita Wu
THIS STUNNING 18-CENTURY riad, or courtyard house, in the fishing town of Essaouira, Morroco, was an impulse buy and renovation project for New York art dealer, Dorothea McKenna Elkon, nearly twelve years ago.
The finished home is an enchanting maze of fountains and wainscots, old stone archways and geometric tile-work, warmly-coloured rooms and spectacular coffered wood ceilings constructed on-site and painted with abstract floral designs—a grand mansion that has been given the rather fitting name, Dar Maktoub, or House of Destiny.
“The front door is usually very insignificant—but then you push it open to find so much beauty.” —Grassi