WE LOVE MOROCCAN TRIBAL RUGS!
Nothing adds instant style to your room like a Moroccan rug.
It doesn’t matter how up-to-date your furniture; the power of this rug can detract from fraying edges and a scuffed chest of drawers. The rug is all you’ll need.
TOP 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE BUYING
Woven by tribes people since the Paleolithic Era, Moroccan rugs became very popular in the West in the Mid- 20th Century – when designers (such as Le Corbusier) used Berber rugs to compliment their modern furniture. Traditionally these weavings were made by women, who wove their life story into them.
2. If you can, buy in Morocco:
A holiday to Marrakech AND the only decorative soft furnishing you’ll ever need? Two birds, one stone… You could leave the holiday booking to these people http://www.moroccoholidayarchitects.net/#holidays, leaving you to plan your rug shopping! Buying an authentic Moroccan rug in Morocco will always be cheaper than buying it elsewhere.
Make sure you don’t miss these shops:
- Lahandra: Sidi Ishak Fondouk Namous, No.100 El Rahba El Kadima, Marrakech. The store is on the left-hand side as you go into the building. Reasonably priced, specialists in vintage and antique carpets.
- Beldi Weave: 100 Rahba Kedima, Sidi Ishak, Marrakech, 40030. Beautiful rugs, blankets and throws. Staff are kind and welcoming.
3. Be prepared to haggle:
The first rule of haggling is… NEVER accept the first price you are offered. Don’t worry about going too low, start from 1/3 of the price and expect to finish haggling at around 50% off the original price. If you can’t afford to pay 50% of the asking price, don’t waste your time haggling over that rug. Even if you can’t imagine your future without this rug – don’t let the shopkeeper know this – this will seriously damage your haggling abilities!
4. Not all rugs are created equal:
If you are looking for a genuine antique, it is best to do your research – don’t take the average shopkeeper’s word for it. ‘Aging’ carpets to look like antiques is a big industry designed to fool the buyer. Of course, if an ‘aged’ rug is all you can afford at the moment, then buy away! Obviously remembering not to pay over-the-odds.. If you’re unsure, an authentic Moroccan rug is made from wool; ask to test this using a lighter on a loose edge – if it is synthetic it will ignite, if it’s wool it won’t.
5. Research styles before you start shopping:
There are so many style variations, that to head straight to a shop without an idea of your favourites/shortlist can be overwhelming. The most popular tribal weaving traditions are:
- Boucherouite: Meaning ‘a piece torn from pre-used clothing’ the origins of this style began after modern forms of employment replaced nomadic herding and wool was more difficult to come by. Often referred to as ‘rag rugs.’
- Kilim: A flatwoven and pileless textile. Being lightweight makes them very versatile and they are often used as wall hangings.
- Beni Ourain: Neutral tones and simple geometry, make these rugs very popular today.
- Beni Mguild: Expect deep shades of blue and purple.
- Azilal: single-knotted, allowing for finer work and more detailed artistic design.
- Tuareg mats: traditionally designed to aid a nomadic way of life, Tuareg mats were made out of palm and reeds and stitched with designs in goat or camel leather.
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