عنوان مقاله [English]
Ornamentation is one of the salient features of traditional Moroccan architecture. Given that studying the semiotics of trends in decoration is more justifiable (is accomplished by more validity), concentrating on the origins of decorative patterns could present a more accurate understanding of traditional Moroccan architecture. Fieldworks have suggested that three trends of Roman, Berber and Muslim architecture have been the most important factors shaping wall decoration patterns in this architecture. Moroccans superposed colourful barbarian patterns on geometrical Islamic designs, used string barbaric embellishments -which later replaced the keystone in arches- and utilized shell-like motifs in many scales, which are a few examples of these influences. This article attempts to explain the evolution of these decorations by investigating the origins of these designs in more intact Moroccan samples and then studying the primitive and advanced amalgams.