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Morocco: A Destination of Incredible Beauty

Courtyard in Hotel Villa Mandarine, Rabat Morocco

Nestled in the heart of Rabat’s prestigious Souisse neighbourhood is one of the most beautiful small hotels in which one could ever wish to stay. The Villa Mandarine was originally a house built on several acres by a French couple. On what once an orange grove owned by the family, an extensive garden was established and a swimming pool added. 700 orange trees were retained. 


As decades passed and family members moved away, a decision was taken to convert the property into a hotel. It opened its doors to guests in 2001.

The property still retains the feel of a large, rambling house. Covered walkways adorned with pots and carpets protect guests from the summer heat. Flower laden Bougainvillea spill over colonnades. Elaborately tiled pathways lead to courtyards in which guests take coffee or an aperitif before dining at the splendid restaurant, a favourite of many visiting dignitaries and politicians.

Rabat is also the home of Paulig’s weaving centre from which Art of Rugs sources its inventory. The centre houses looms specifically designed to accommodate the production of large rugs in custom sizes. Highly skilled weavers work with pure new wool, jute and cotton to produce beautiful textures created by the company’s European design team.

Outdoor dining area, Villa Mandarine, Rabat, Morocco
Skilled artisan at the Paulig Weaving Centre

Morocco’s capital Rabat is an exciting city, a juxtaposition of history and modernity, of Islamic and French influences in its architecture, food and lifestyle.

Paulig utilizes the energy and superb craftsmanship of its people to create timeless, practical and beautiful rugs that grace elegant living spaces worldwide.

If you are searching for that special texture to complete your living space, a product that is the combination of design European design excellence, the finest ethically sourced raw materials and the sublime skills of Moroccan weavers, please contact us by:

  • Visiting our contact page 
  • Dropping by our studio at 121 Brisbane Road Mooloolaba
  • Phoning us on 0419 66 4401

the history.

The parent company of Art of Rugs was established in 1996. Art of Rugs specialises in bringing to the market luxury collections of handmade, modern designer rugs to suit either residential or commercial applications. The store is located on the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane but able to ship rugs all over Australia.


Our custom made rug collection is designed and manufactured by a German family company that has been associated with the textile business since 1750.


Mobile: 0419 664 401

Shop 2/121A Brisbane Rd,
Mooloolaba 4557 QLD


Sunshine Coast Store Hours:
10am-3pm Tue, Thur, Fri
10am-2pm Saturday

Other times by appointment


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