WHAT ARE THE BEST MOROCCAN RUGS OUT THERE
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.
GET TO KNOW MOROCCAN RUGS: HERE ARE OUR TOP 5
1. AZILAL RUGS:
The Azilal is a mountainous area that runs north from the main chain of the High Atlas to the southern part of the Middle Atlas. Important tribal groups in this region include The Ait Bouzid, Ait Atta Noumalou and Ail Bou Oulli.
These rugs are usually made entirely of wool; with a white background and geometric designs made from brown or black wool. The production of these rugs officially got underway after 1934, when peace was established in the Central High Atlas region. There is a second version with a red background and more colourful, playful designs that was produced after 1990.
Production: Knotted with symmetrical knots over two warp threads with occasional Berber knots.
2. BENI OUARAIN RUGS:
The Beni Ouarain are a confederation of 17 Berber tribes who can trace their ancestors back in the North-Eastern Middle Atlas to the 9th century. It is thought that their weaving tradition began as a need to produce textiles to protect themselves against the harsh winter conditions in this region.
Known for their large, ‘archaic-looking’ white Berber carpets; they are finely woven to be durable and warm, so the Beni Ouarain could use them as beds and bedding. Since the 1970s these tribes have started to settle.
Production: Woven using the Berber knot over three warps. A pile height of up to 7cm.
3. BOUCHEROUITE RAG RUGS:
‘Boucherouite’ is Arabic for ‘a piece torn from pre-used clothing’ and is a more recent development in Moroccan rug weaving. Since the tribes began to move away from nomadic animal husbandry to more settled and modern forms of rural employment – wool for domestic use became increasingly rare. This use of recycled materials first began in the 1960s around the towns of Beni Mellal and Boujad.
Production: Woven strips of wool, cotton, lurex, nylon, synthetic fibres and plastic – making these the most sensory of rugs. With the design, there are no rules – anything goes!
4. KILIM RUGS:
The Kilim dates back to the 4th or 5th century in China. Used as decoration, prayer rugs and very popular as a floor covering in the Western world. A flat tapestry-woven carpet/rug that can be either monochrome or colourful; decorated with graphic patterns and tribal symbols. Mid- 20th century designers Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright paired Moroccan Kilim rugs with their modern designs – making them eternally stylish.
Production: Tight interweaving of the warp and weft strands, to create a flat surface.
5. TUAREG MATS:
The Tuaregs are a smaller sect of the Berber tribe; known as the ‘Blue People’ due to the indigo-dye clothing they traditionally wear, that stains their skin. The Tuareg mats have been hand-woven by women for thousands of years, but primarily in the early 20th century – which saw a huge movement of caravans migrate across North Africa. The easily transported mats aided the nomadic life of the Tuareg people; their homes were built, covered and furnished using the Tuareg mat. Consequently, these mats needed to be extremely durable and perfect for withstanding high temperatures.
Production: A woven palm/reed/straw base was decorated with strands of goat or camel leather.
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