One of our favourite and bestselling products, the humble basket is as old as humankind. Evidence of basketry traces back to ancient Egypt, with discoveries found within the pyramids and depicted in stone carvings dating as far back as 20,000 BC, predating even the earliest evidence of pottery making.

The age-old craft of weaving natural plant fibers to create vessels for storing and transporting food, clothing, seeds, and various goods remains just as relevant today. Natural woven baskets are both eco-friendly and supremely practical, providing countless uses around the home and on the go.

Moroccan Basketry workshopArtisan basket workshop in Morocco


Moroccan Basketry and Natural Materials

There is a huge variation in materials and weaving techniques, each characteristic of the country and region in which they are made. At Bohemia we have worked for many years with artisan weavers across Morocco. Our natural baskets are woven from locally available and sustainable doum palm leaf, reed and halfa grass. The fibres are woven into long strips which are then stitched into 2D or 3D forms such as mats, baskets, lampshades and decorative objects such as our characterful Woven Animal Heads.

Leather handles and details being adding in a Moroccan basket workshopHandles being added to natural woven baskets in Morocco

The range of baskets we produce is vast, ranging from traditional market baskets with simple sisal handles, to colorful storage baskets, woven basket bags with leather handles, and playful bohemian baskets adorned with raffia tassels.

Many of our baskets are woven in the round, meaning they have a little step at the top where the weave ends and the baskets are finished off. Each basket is perfectly imperfect, reflecting the craftsmanship and individuality inherent in handmade goods. We see this as a celebration of authenticity and a testament to the skilled hands behind every piece.

Supporting Traditional Crafting Communities

Basket making is an important source of income for rural villagers as it provides a means of supplementing the money earnt through shepherding and farming, but now there are also many artisans employed on a full time basis to meet the growing demand for baskets as increasingly popular fashion and home accessories.

We spend many hours in the company of artisans on our regular trips to Morocco and can often be found in the workshops of our basket weavers designing and discussing new samples and sharing conversation over a glass of sweet mint tea.

Explore our collection of Moroccan Baskets