Bessie

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Bessie Vintage Moroccan Rug

Dimensions:
6'9" x 14'2" (205 cm x 433 cm)
Colors:
  • Spiced Pumpkin Orange

    A medium orange, slightly brownish

  • Terracotta

    A light-to-medium reddish tan

  • Peacock Turquoise

    A greener turquoise

  • Golden Olive

    A greenish-golden light brown

  • Sandstone

    A light tan

Rug Description

One-of-a-kind vintage rug, hand-knotted in the town of Taznakht in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco

Dimensions: 6'9" x 14'2" (205 cm x 433 cm)

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

Rug Type:
  • Hand-knotted Rugs

    Sturdy pile rugs meticulously woven by hand, with individually hand-tied knots, so no two are exactly alike

Age:
  • Vintage

    Typically between 20-100 years old

Main Color:
  • Orange
Color Palette:
  • Spiced Pumpkin Orange

    A medium orange, slightly brownish

  • Terracotta

    A light-to-medium reddish tan

  • Peacock Turquoise

    A greener turquoise

  • Golden Olive

    A greenish-golden light brown

  • Sandstone

    A light tan

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 6'9" x 14'2" (205 cm x 433 cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 3.9" (10 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 0.8" (2 cm)
  • Color palette: spiced pumpkin orange, terracotta, peacock turquoise, golden olive, sandstone
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life
    • Lined with a repeating set of three medallions to create multiple points of visual interest and direction
    • A geometric, step-like pattern which expresses the primitive, artisanal qualities of weaving from nomadic cultures
    • A hooked detail, also known as a sickle, represents metal, which had protective magic according to the Amazigh
    Region of Origin

    Taznakht is a major market town and weaving center associated with the Ait Ouaouzguite and Zanafi. Rugs from this region can be identified by their tightly-woven and finely-knotted lowish pile and occasional anthropomorphic designs. Their frequent use of yellow is due to abundant local yellow-dye materials, like gorse flowers.

    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 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

    Extra-large rugs bigger than 7’ x 10’ help define larger spaces.

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    Bedroom

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