Riads and dars are traditional Moroccan family houses usually found in the medinas of the major towns and cities - such as Marrakech, Essaouira, Rabat, Meknes and Fez.
They were designed to provide privacy for the family, with the often richly decorated interior accessed through a single door from the street, and no windows on to the street at street level.
Riads and dars are normally a few stories high and typically have a roof terrace. The garden (for a riad) or courtyard (for a dar) is normally in the centre of the house but sometimes the house is U-shaped with the garden/courtyard on the fourth side.
They typically have two salons downstairs facing each other across the central open area,...