Sailor

Sailor Vintage Moroccan Rug

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Rug Description

One-of-a-kind vintage rug, handwoven and handknotted in the village of Ourika in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco

Dimensions: 4'9" x 7'10" (146 cm x 240 cm)

Sailor 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:
  • Multicolor
Color Palette:
  • Bone Beige

    A pale, cool beige

  • Rich Amethyst

    A dark, true purple

  • Espresso Brown

    An almost-black brown

  • Teal

    A medium blue-green

  • Bubblegum Pink

    A medium true pink

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • Mixed fiber pile on wool foundation
  • Dimensions: 4'9" x 7'10" (146 cm x 240 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 1.2"(3cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 2" (5 cm)
  • Color palette: bone beige, rich amethyst, espresso brown, teal, bubblegum 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
  • Artisanal and tribal, geometric designs feature angular edges and primitive shapes—like diamonds, squares, lattices, and stylized animals
  • Architectural elements represent significant structures like tents, minarets, and houses
  • Directional design or color gradients with purposeful asymmetry and movement
  • A handsome, hand-braided fringe woven from threads of the loom
Origin

Thirty miles south of Marrakech, Ourika lies in the shadow of the snowcapped High Atlas, and shares its name with a nearby river and valley. Similar to rugs from Azilal, these pieces often have bright colors made possible by the use of cotton in addition to wool.

Material Details

This rug is called a boucherouite, which derives from bu sharwit, a Moroccan Arabic term meaning 'piece of cloth'. Reflective of the ever-shifting post-modern, post-consumer landscape, these 'everything rugs' are woven with colorful miscellaneous fiber scraps. In this piece, a mixed-fiber pile is knotted onto a textured wool foundation.

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

Spruce up smaller spaces with small rugs between 3’ x 5’ and 5’ x 8’.

Living Room

Bedroom

Office

Kitchen

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