A rural stone house in Spain

Dar Kawa by Valerie Barkowski

The medina of Marrakesh is an exciting place, the winding labyrinths providing colourful surprises at every turn, in an endless meandering of shops selling a diverse variety of North African wares, from hand woven textiles to gold and silver. It is in a traditional neighbourhood of the medina that Belgian born textile and interior designer, Valerie Barkowski, has renovated the interior of a traditional 17th century structure, transforming it into the Dar Kawa Riad, a small guest house which exudes an aura of local charm in a very cool, laid back contemporary style.