Darla

Darla Vintage Moroccan Rug

Rug Description

One-of-a-kind vintage rug, handwoven and handknotted by Ait Ouaouzguite tribes in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco

Dimensions: 5'10" x 12'9" (180 cm x 390 cm)

Darla 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:
  • Orange
Color Palette:
  • Tangerine Orange

    A light, true orange

  • Silvery Gray

    A light, true gray

  • Teal

    A medium blue-green

  • Puce Brown

    A light-to-medium brown, with reddish-purplish undertones

  • Eggplant

    A dark, brownish purple

  • Terracotta

    A light-to-medium reddish tan

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 5'10" x 12'9" (180 cm x 390 cm)
  • Medium pile: approximately 0.4"1cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 4.7" (12 cm)
  • Color palette: tangerine orange, silvery gray, teal, puce brown, eggplant, terracotta
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
  • Artisanal and tribal, geometric designs feature angular edges and primitive shapes—like diamonds, squares, lattices, and stylized animals
  • An absolute classic, diamond-based designs create a beautiful and dynamic field of geometric shapes
  • A geometric, step-like pattern which expresses the primitive, artisanal qualities of weaving from nomadic cultures
  • A series of repeating medallions create a beautifully complex field or pattern
  • Stripes—a simple and timeless classic
Origin

Once on the caravan route from port towns like Agadir and Essaouira, the territory of the agricultural Ait Ouaouzguite was home to herds of cattle, goats, and sheep. Ait Ouaouzguite rugs are made with silky, carefully-chosen wool, and are rather light, with a shorter pile. Heavily influenced by city carpets, these rugs are typically symmetrical, with stripes of weft-twining, or soumac, at which this tribe is expert.

Material Details

Wool, a staple in Moroccan rug design, was considered almost sacred to the Amazigh (Berber) people, whose nomadic lifestyle included sheep and goat herding. In addition to being available, wool is durable, long-lasting, and incredibly plush—so it’s super comfy to walk and relax on. In this piece, the wool pile is knotted onto a wool foundation, adding body and helping it hug the floor.

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

Extra-large rugs bigger than 7’ x 10’ help define larger spaces.

Living Room

Bedroom

Dining

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