- 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.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
- A series of repeating medallions create a beautifully complex field or pattern
- A handsome, hand-braided fringe woven from threads of the loom
- Abrash adds visual depth and texture in its variation in color and tone
- Directional design or color gradients with purposeful asymmetry and movement
The Rehamna tribal territory was between Marrakech and Casablanca. Rugs in this style can be distinguished by their knots, which are placed like stepped roof tiles, one above the other, as well as monochromatic orange-red fields, and scattered motifs. They often incorporate black goat hair, which they use to wrap the selvedge, creating a toothlike border on two sides.
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 sturdy goat hair foundation, prized for its wiry strength.
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.