Abbie

Abbie Vintage Moroccan Rug

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Rug Description

One-of-a-kind vintage rug, handwoven and handknotted in the town of Azilal between the High and Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco

Dimensions: 4'7" x 7'6" (140 cm x 230 cm)

Abbie has been professionally cleaned; age-related wear and natural inconsistencies are inherent in these unique, handcrafted vintage rugs.

Rug Type:
  • Naturally Aged

    Vintage, handwoven rugs from Turkey and Morocco, selected for their color and design and preserved as-is.

Age:
  • Vintage

    Typically between 20-100 years old

Main Color:
  • Multicolor
Color Palette:
  • Bone Beige

    A pale, cool beige

  • Golden Yellow

    A medium, rich yellow with a hint of gold

  • Royal Blue

    A medium-to-deep true blue

  • Peacock Turquoise

    A greener turquoise

  • Inky Black

    True black

  • Cadmium Red

    A slightly-warm, medium red

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • Mixed fiber pile on cotton foundation
  • Dimensions: 4'7" x 7'6" (140 cm x 230 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 0.8"(2cm)
  • Fringe: measures 2.8" (7 cm)
  • Color palette: bone beige, golden yellow, royal blue, peacock turquoise, inky black, cadmium red
  • These rugs are prized for their expressive design and construction. Their freeform edges meander and wiggle, unbound by constrictions of mass production.

Curator's Notes

Motifs
  • Moroccan rugs don’t come with a key. As with any painting or poem, their motifs have many subjective interpretations. Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
  • A tree of life alludes to the natural world and was commonly used in Amazigh tattoos
  • Directional design or color gradients with purposeful asymmetry and movement
  • Artisanal and tribal, geometric designs feature angular edges and primitive shapes—like diamonds, squares, lattices, and stylized animals
  • Triangular amulet design—believed to protect against evil spirits and bad luck
  • Architectural elements represent significant structures like tents, minarets, and houses
Origin

Azilal rugs typically have abstract, painterly designs, and are similar to rugs from Ourika. These pieces can be distinguished by their bright colors, facilitated by the use of cotton in addition to wool.

Material Details

This rug is 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. In this piece, a mixed-fiber pile is knotted onto a strong cotton foundation.

Moroccan wool is locally sourced and produces a thick, strong pile that feels soft underfoot. Having stood the test of time, this hand-processed wool has reacted to its various environments, acquiring an untamed, nubby look and feel.

How to Style This Rug

Spruce up smaller spaces with small rugs between 3’ x 5’ and 5’ x 8’.

Living Room

Bedroom

Office

Kitchen

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