Nimes

Nimes Vintage Moroccan Rug

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Rug Description

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

Dimensions: 5'10" x 9'6" (180 cm x 290 cm)

Nimes 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

  • Cherry Red

    A bright, true red

  • Navy

    A deep true navy

  • Spiced Pumpkin Orange

    A medium orange, slightly brownish

  • Teal

    A medium blue-green

  • Graphite Gray

    A medium true gray

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 5'10" x 9'6" (180 cm x 290 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 1.0"(2.5cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 3.9" (10 cm)
  • Color palette: crimson red, cherry red, navy, spiced pumpkin orange, teal, graphite gray
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
  • An absolute classic, diamond-based designs create a beautiful and dynamic field of geometric shapes
  • Artisanal and tribal, geometric designs feature angular edges and primitive shapes—like diamonds, squares, lattices, and stylized animals
  • Abrash adds visual depth and texture in its variation in color and tone
  • A handsome, hand-braided fringe woven from threads of the loom
Origin

Zayane, also spelled as Zaiane or Izayen, refers to a confederation of tribes whose tribal territory included the town of Khenifra. Intended for bedding and floor covering, Zayane rugs have a long, frequently red pile. Woven from the back in a reverse pile technique, these rugs only reveal their design on the front after the pile has been gently worn down from use.

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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