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Morocco 2021 stamps

Written by catpaw

November 07, 2021

Occasionally I mention how fun a certain country is to explore.  I’m pretty uncritical of many stamps, because well, I simply love looking at them and learning something about the country they come from. To me, it’s an expedition to a new place. Sometimes I run across a country that spotlights local artists and crafts that makes me sit up and say “hey!”. It’s one of those “why do we not know more about this art?” moments, and Morocco presented a couple instances this past year.  

First, designers for Barid Al-Maghrib (BAM) created some interesting stamp & FDC combos. Of particular note is the anniversary issue for the Ra II Expedition by Mohammed El Ouanti and the double stamp set for the May Screens issue by El Batoul Bargach & H’Hammed Jirari. I wish I could tell you more about the artists and designers, but I hit a stone wall while researching them. If anyone from Morocco happens to have links (doesn’t matter what language) to any of the designers or topics, I’d appreciate you passing this along to me.   

Next, the July Euromed stamp information has been fleshed out a bit more. I found better images and some decent information to include. And If you are a lover of art, don’t miss the July tribute to Abbes Saladi, 1950-1992. The painting is intriguing and found few light weight links for you. Hope you enjoy exploring Morocco’s history and art as much as I did. 

March

Citadels – Joint Issue with the Dominican Republic

Citadels - Joint Issue with the Dominican Republic

Citadels - Joint Issue with the Dominican Republic  

Sheet of stamps Joint with Morocco and Dominican Republic

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, sheet of 10

Kasbah des Oudayas / قصبة الأوداية‎ in Rabat and Alcázar de Cólon in Santo Domingo.

Built on a high cliff overlooking the Bouregreg River in Rabat, the Kasbah des Oudayas, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, was built in the tenth century by the Almoravids as a defense fort. Calif Almohad Abdelmoumen rebuilt it to serve as a royal palace and platform for attacking the Iberian island. A true architectural jewel of Arab-Muslim style, the palace was also the former home of Sultan Moulay Ismail in Rabat. Since 1915, it has housed the National Jewelry Museum.

The “Alcázar de Cólon”, a Gothic and Renaissance palace, overlooking plaza de España on one side and the Ozama River on the other, was completed around 1512. It is one of the most popular museums in the Colonial City and is also the most impressive in architecture. It was once the home of Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, and his wife, María de Toledo, niece of King Ferdinand of Spain. Product: Joint Emission: Kingdom of Morocco – Dominican Republic (philatelie.ma)

Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage – UNESCO World Heritage Centre 

Designer: Noureddine Noury

Release date: March 25, 2021


April

World Day of Workplace Health

World Day of Workplace Health Morocco 2021 stamps 

 World Day of Workplace Health

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Designer: Mohammed El Ouanti  

Release date: April 28, 2021


May

50th Anniversary of Thor Heyerahl’s Ra II Expedition

50th Anniversary of Thor Heyerahl's Ra II Expedition Morocco 2021 stamps

50th Anniversary of Thor Heyerahl's Ra II Expedition FDC

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Thor Heyerahl’s RA II was a papyrus & reed boat started it’s cross Atlantic trip from Safi in Morocco on 17th May 1970 and successfully sailed 6,100 km to Barbados, landing Juy 12, 1970.  You can read more about this at the Ra Expeditions – The Kon-Tiki Museum.

Designer: Mohammed El Ouanti

Release date: May 21, 2021


HM King Mohammed VI-2021

HM King Mohammed VI-2021

10 stamps in booklet format

Release date: May 24, 2021


Flowers of Morocco

Flowers of Morocco Flowers of Morocco Flowers of Morocco 

Flowers of Morocco Flowers of Morocco

Flowers Morocco 2021 stamps

5 stamps in booklet format

Designer: R. Vela

Release date: May 24, 2021


World Day without Tobacco

World Day without Tobacco 

World Day without Tobaccpco FDC 

1 stamp, FDC,cancel

Designer: Noureddine Noury

Release date: May 31, 2021


 June

King Mohammad IV “2021” Imprint

King Mohammad IV "2021" Imprint

1 stamp in booklet of 10

Release date: June 17 , 2021


Arts and Culture – Screens

Arts and Culture - Screens 

Screens Morocco 2021

2 stamps, FDC, cancel

Artists: El Batoul Bargach & H’Hammed Jirari  

Release date: June 21, 2021


Abbes Saladi, 1950-1992

Abbes Saladi, 1950-1992 

Abbes Saladi, 1950-1992 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Abbès Saladi | Art Auction Results (mutualart.com) 

Artist: Abbès Saladi

Release date: June 30, 2021 


July

EUROMED – earrings with rams horns called “KHORAS KBACH”

  earrings with rams horns called “KHORAS KBACH” cancel 

earrings with rams horns called “KHORAS KBACH”

EUROMED - earrings with rams horns called “KHORAS KBACH” 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

The stamp reproduces the work of the artist Faissal BEN KIRAN who designed the “KHORAS” earrings using a watercolor technique on paper.
[The earing is based on} a thousand-year-old tradition that has evolved following the influences of civilizations that have succeeded each other in Morocco. City jewelry is usually made of gold or gold silver. For a long time, they are finely carved and decorated with precious stones, in Fez, Meknes, Rabat, Tangier, Marrakech and in the north in Tetouan… Rural jewelry is made of silver in various shapes, drawing its origins from the histories of the tribes. This is how Barid Al-Maghrib opted, as part of this program, for the representation of the earrings composing, among other things, the jewels that complete the outfit of the bride of Tangier or that of Tetouan. These are ram horned loops called “KHORAS KBACH” or “KHORAS ÂAMARA”. They are very ornate loops, precious by the material and the know-how. The upper part carved in rinceaux inlaid with precious stones and, the lower part begins with a cube also set, where hangs a pendant lessed with pendants and ends with a half-ring that resembles a ram’s horn. These earrings are so heavy that they are connected to the hairstyle by a chain to support them. Product: Artisanal Jewelry in the Mediterranean (philatelie.ma) 
 

Designer: Faissal Ben Kiran  

See all the Euromed 2021 stamps here EUROMED 2021 stamps – Jewelry

Release date: July 12, 2021


August

Anniversary of African Philately

African philately MOHAMMED ELOUANTI

African philately FDC  

Anniversary of African Philately

1 stamp, FDC, cancel, philatelic box

… eight African postal operators (BURKINA FASO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, REPUBLIC OF CONGO, IVORY COAST, MALI, MOROCCO, MAURITANIA and SENEGAL) have joined forces to create a digital platform offering Internet philatelists, via a mutually beneficial partnership, a remote selling gallery in the form of a panoply of functions allowing them to consult, order and pay online philatelic products (Stamps, blocks …).  Product: African Philately (philatelie.ma)

Designer: Mohammed Elouanti  

Release date: August  24, 2021 


September

Memories of a Trip to Morocco, by Eugene Delacroix

Memories of a Trip to Morocco, by Eugene Delacroix  

fdc-2021-EUGENE-DELACROIX.400 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Eugène Delacroix Paintings, Bio, Ideas | TheArtStory

“Almost two centuries after his trip to Morocco, the painter Eugène Delacroix returns to Rabat, at the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition, Delacroix, Souvenirs of a trip to Maroc, organized with the Eugène-Delacroix National Museum – Public Establishment of the Louvre Museum, is a first on the African continent and in the Arab world,” claims the National Museum Foundation. Rabat Contemporary Art Museum Hosts Eugene Delacroix’s Memories of a trip to Morocco, A first in the Arab World – Morocco Travel Blog

Release date: September 22, 2021


100th Anniversary of the Battle of Anwal

Centenary of the Battle of Anoual (1921-2021) 

Centenary of the Battle of Anoual (1921-2021) FDC 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

The Battle of Annual was fought on July 22, 1921, at Anwal in Spanish Morocco, between the Spanish Army of Africa and Berber combatants of the Rif region during the Rif War. The Spanish suffered a major military defeat, almost always referred to by the Spanish as the Disaster of Annual, which led to major political crises and a redefinition of Spanish colonial policy toward the Rif.

This site has an excellent chronology of the battle -> Chronology of the Battle of Anwal – Arif News 

Release date: September 30, 2021


November

46th Anniversary of the Green March

46th Anniversary of the Green March

  46th Anniversary of the Green March FDC

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Release date:  November 6, 2021


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