Kassem

Only one made

Kassem Moroccan Runner Rug

Description

One-of-a-kind gently used rug, handwoven and handknotted near the small city of Boujad in the Chaouia-Ouardigha region of Morocco

Dimensions: 2'5" x 12'11" (76 cm x 396 cm)

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

Product Type:
  • Naturally Aged

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

Age:
  • Lightly Used

    Typically between 5-20 years old

Main Color:
  • Multicolor
Color Palette:
  • Cream

    A warm off-white

  • Slate Gray

    A medium blue-gray

  • Tangerine Orange

    A light, true orange

  • Maroon

    A medium-to-dark purplish red

  • Salmon Pink

    A light, slightly coral pink

Product Details

  • One-of-a-kind gently used rug - only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 2'5" x 12'11" (76 cm x 396 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 1.2"(3cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 3.9" (10 cm)
  • Color palette: cream, slate gray, tangerine orange, maroon, salmon pink
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
  • Directional design or color gradients with purposeful asymmetry and movement
  • Stripes—a simple and timeless classic
  • A simple classic, polka dots are at once playful and sophisticated
Origin

Boujad was considered a holy town. Boujad rugs were made by a variety of tribes, and thus vary widely in color, composition, and weave. Often described with words like surreal, mystic, and mesmerizing, these rugs depict a world beyond reality. Construction-wise, they have twice as many horizontal as vertical knots, which makes them floppy and easy to move.

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 soft—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 and fluffy underfoot. A small amount of shedding is to be expected from this natural fiber, but it’s worth it: its high pile is beloved for its wild, tousled texture.

How to Style This Rug

Runners brighten the most narrow of spaces.

Hallway

Bedroom

Entryway

Kitchen

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