If you’ve ever visited Marrakech, you’ve likely sipped on a “nuss nuss” (half coffee, half milk) or a traditional mint tea served in a charming, geometrically shaped glass. That’s the iconic Beldi glass for you—a local treasure that captures the essence of Moroccan culture.
The Roots of the Beldi Glass
Originating in the 1940s, the Beldi glass has been a staple of Moroccan households for generations. Yet, despite its rich history, it almost disappeared. In June 2013, the last remaining factory producing these cultural artifacts closed due to financial struggles and increased competition from China.
A Second Chance: The Beldi Factory Rebirth
Thankfully, the Beldi Group swooped in to rescue this dying art form. They bought the machinery and moved it from Casablanca to Marrakech, setting up a workshop at the Beldi Country Club, a local boutique hotel. Now, these artistic glasses are making a comeback.
The Craftsmanship Behind the Glass
The Beldi glass isn’t just an object; it’s a testament to Moroccan craftsmanship. Produced from recycled glass, each piece requires skilled hands. After melting the glass at 1,600 degrees Celsius, it’s hand-blown and cut into the shapes we recognize today. The workshop can churn out up to 8,000 glasses a day, primarily for wholesale or export.
Beldi Glass: A Modern Take on Tradition
Not only has the new workshop revived this piece of Moroccan culture, but it has also modernized it. In addition to traditional glasses, you can now find a range of products like bowls, vases, and candle holders in the Beldi design.
Where to Buy Your Own Beldi Glass
If you’re planning a trip to Marrakech, make sure to visit:
- Showroom at Beldi Country Club, km6, route du barrage, Cherifia
- Souk des créateurs (below the Terrasse des Épices), Médina
- The industrial district of Sidi Ghanem
You won’t want to leave without one of these stunning, eco-friendly treasures.
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more insider tips on how to experience the best of Marrakech!