Viertel

Viertel Vintage Moroccan Rug

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Rug Description

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

Dimensions: 6'0" x 11'0" (184 cm x 336 cm)

Viertel 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:
  • Eggplant

    A dark, brownish purple

  • Charcoal

    A dark gray

  • Spiced Pumpkin Orange

    A medium orange, slightly brownish

  • Seafoam Green

    A pale blue-green

  • Cherry Red

    A bright, true red

  • Magenta

    A neon blue-pink, also known as hot pink

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 6'0" x 11'0" (184 cm x 336 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 0.8"(2cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 3.5" (9 cm)
  • Color palette: eggplant, charcoal, spiced pumpkin orange, seafoam green, cherry red, magenta
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.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 series of repeating medallions create a beautifully complex field or pattern
  • Artisanal and tribal, geometric designs feature angular edges and primitive shapes—like diamonds, squares, lattices, and stylized animals
  • A classic, eight-pointed star stands for balance and harmony
  • A geometric, step-like pattern which expresses the primitive, artisanal qualities of weaving from nomadic cultures
  • 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

A confederation of tribes whose territory sat between Rabat and Meknès, the Zemmour wove piled rugs which tend to be smaller than most Middle Atlas rugs. These pieces often combine vertical and horiziontal rows of motifs into a chessboard design, but also feature diamond or triangular arrangements. Red is frequently used for the ground and/or the selvedge edge.

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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