Harlan

Harlan Vintage Moroccan Rug

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Rug Description

One-of-a-kind vintage rug, handwoven and handknotted by Zaer tribes in the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco

Dimensions: 6'0" x 10'5" (185 cm x 320 cm)

Harlan 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:
  • Red
Color Palette:
  • Crimson Red

    A strong red, inclining to purple

  • Dark Dusty Rose Pink

    A dark pink-red

  • Eggplant

    A dark, brownish purple

  • Silvery Gray

    A light, true gray

  • Espresso Brown

    An almost-black brown

  • Cantaloupe

    A pale pastel orange

  • Tangerine Orange

    A light, true orange

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 6'0" x 10'5" (185 cm x 320 cm)
  • Medium pile: approximately 0.4"1cm)
  • Fringe: measures 7.9" (20 cm)
  • Color palette: crimson red, dark dusty rose pink, eggplant, silvery gray, espresso brown, cantaloupe, tangerine orange
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.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 central medallion anchors the motif to a center focal point from which the design blooms out and is balanced by complementary design elements
  • 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 classic, eight-pointed star stands for balance and harmony
  • A simple, but classic design—zig-zag patterns represent water as a vital element in life
  • Abrash adds visual depth and texture in its variation in color and tone
  • Directional design or color gradients with purposeful asymmetry and movement
Origin

The Zaer tribal territory borders Zemmour territory and the city of Boujad, and these design influences are both evident in Zaer rugs. Pieces from this area have a balanced number of symmetric knots, and often, but not always, a red ground.

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

Large rugs from 6’ x 9’ to 7’ x 10’ make great centerpieces.

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