Moroccan finery lights up Berkeley shop SF Gate, January 2008
When Mostafa Raiss El Fenni left his native Morocco to study chemistry at U.C. Berkeley, he thought he was leaving the family antique business. After a few years directing a research lab ... Read More
An authentic taste of Morocco in a Berkeley setting
Berkeleyside, October 7, 2010
The haunting strains of North African music float from the strings of an Algerian mandol and the soulful voice of acclaimed musician, Maestro Omar Mokhtari. As I enter a sun-dappled garden ringed by tents draped with colorful carpets ... Read More
Eat with Your Hands for a Sensuous, Intimate, Mindful Meal KQED, February 22, 2012
Cultural misunderstandings always grab my attention—especially when food is involved. So I was hooked the moment I read this recent headline: ... Read More
Think Globally, Party Locally
Oakland Magazine, March-April 2011
Do you hunger for an engaging cultural experience, but can’t spare the time or money for a trip abroad? Then prepare yourself for an evening in the food, music or dance of Spain, India, Thailand or Morocco ... Read More
Reina G. New York, NY
This is my new favorite store in (gasp!) THE WORLD. I returned yesterday from a trip to Spain and
Morocco inspired partly by this very store. Months ago, I was suffering from an acute case of
wanderlust. I had recently quit a steady, exciting job that l loved but wasn't ready to settle down with.
I was penniless, but craving an adventure somewhere far away.
One day on my way home, I wandered into this store. Everything was stunningly gorgeous. The
Moroccan lamps, leather, teacups, ceramics, rugs, and jewelry excited my every sense. I'm not sure
why, but I even started tearing up, gazing at the exquisite treasures all around me. I decided that
somehow I had to find a way to get to Morocco.
Six months of working, saving and living with my mother (yikes) and I finally made it there. When I
got back, I made a beeline for Sahara to compare Morocco prices to those in Berkeley. I found that
most things cost about double, which is totally reasonable all things considered. You can find
something unique and beautiful for anywhere from $15 to +$5000.
Shema (or is it Shama?), the lovely Moroccan woman who helped me shared recipes and listened
patiently as I blathered on and on about my trip. She also gave me an excellent deal on an authentic
and functional tagine--one thing I couldn't schlep home on the plane.
I look forward to reliving my trip again and again every time I stop by Sahara. I'll always feel indebted
to this store for motivating me to get off my lazy ass and see the world.
Jonathon B. Alameda, CA
I've always wanted to go to this place and finally had a chance, when I went inside it's like I was in a
beautiful Riad in Marrakech or Fes, the items they have very Moroccan and very beautiful and the
prices are right, you can't beat it. The owner Mostafa was very friendly and very helpful and caring about his customers. Do not
hesitate and go get something Moroccan for your home or business, you will love it. Highly
Mirka M. San Francisco, CA
Just visited store today, had been on my list of Moroccan decor places to check out in the Bay Area,
especially after my own trip to Morocco last year. Many gorgeous and artistic offerings, from
embroidered and woven pillow covers, shawls, rugs, furniture, tile, breathtaking inlaid mirrors, and
much more. Good selection of Moroccan style jewelry in various styles and ranges of prices. I
believe it was the owner, chatted with him for a while about Morocco, very knowledgeable and
friendly. I was mainly browsing today, but very pleased with my jewelry purchase. Yes, a lot of things
will seem on the pricey side, but of great quality and craftsmanship. There are affordable pieces as
well, if you dig for a bit. Can't wait to go back!
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