Moroccan Rugs

Moroccan rugs, also called Amazigh or Berber rugs, are known for their asymmetrical beauty. Often made of wool with abstract, colorful designs and beloved for their exuberance. All our vintage Moroccan rugs are handpicked and professionally cleaned by our local team in Morocco. 

Moroccan Rugs

More about Moroccan Rugs

Most rugs are love rugs.

One of our partners in Morocco explained this to us recently. He meant that Amazigh (Berber) Moroccan rug motifs often speak to marriage, and the joining of communities. But he also meant a rug is a product of devotion. To weave one piece requires layers of dedication. Learning and practicing the technique, caring for the sheep, processing the wool, weaving it. Time and attention is love in action. Weaving rugs in Morocco is also a community activity. Many people participate in the creation of one rug, each helping with a different phase: tending the sheep, carding the wool, spinning, dyeing. It requires 3 women to raise the loom, and 3 to mount the warp threads. When it's time to weave, women often share the work with their friends and relatives, picking up where each other left off. Other rugs are woven by up to 5 people at a time. It's a time to talk, laugh, trade stories, catch up, hang out.

Similarly, we couldn't do this alone. Our team has access to a remarkably high quality pieces thanks to our relationships with collectors and cooperatives. Being on the ground in Morocco is more affordable—and more rewarding. Most of the Moroccan pieces we collect are woven in the Amazigh, or Berber, style, which is to say, the style of the indigenous people of Morocco. Like many of the first weavers, they were nomadic, moving with their sheep based on the season, from winter to summer pastures when the time was right. The type of Moroccan rug can be determined by the weaving technique and design. These rugs are primarily classified by the name of the tribe which originated the style, so: an Azilal rug was woven by a member of the Azilal tribe; a Beni Ourain rug was woven by a Beni Ourain weaver. There are also "city" Moroccan rugs, which look more like the traditional cut-pile Oriental designs, as opposed to the wilder, woolier Amazigh or Berber style Moroccan rugs which people often connote with the term. Most Moroccan rugs are made of wool, sometimes with cotton warps. A style of Moroccan rug called a Boucherouite - which derives from bu sharwit, a Moroccan Arabic term meaning 'piece of cloth'. Reflective of the ever-shifting post-modern, post-consumer landscape, these 'everything rugs' are woven with colorful miscellaneous fiber scraps, almost reminiscent of a quilting tradition.

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