Efik

Efik Vintage Moroccan Rug

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Estimated Ship Date end of September

Rug Description

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

Dimensions: 6'2" x 8'10" (190 cm x 270 cm)

Efik 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:
  • Black
Color Palette:
  • Charcoal

    A dark gray

  • Tangerine Orange

    A light, true orange

  • Cream

    A warm off-white

  • Moss Green

    A grayish green, with a hint of yellow

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 6'2" x 8'10" (190 cm x 270 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 0.8"(2cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 3.1" (8 cm)
  • Color palette: charcoal, tangerine orange, cream, moss green
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
  • Diagonal lines weave and intersect, forming a grid-like pattern
  • Architectural elements represent significant structures like tents, minarets, and houses
  • Floral motifs are a staple in rug design—showing up in a variety of styles including natural, abstract, and geometric
  • An absolute classic, diamond-based designs create a beautiful and dynamic field of geometric shapes
  • An eight-pointed star symbolizes the feminine and fertility
  • The edges of this rug have been hand-finished with a weft-wrapped triple or quadruple selvedge. This natural border, visible on both front and back, is thoughtfully added to reinforce the edge of the rug where it can start to unravel over time, transforming the weakest part into the strongest.
Origin

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

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

Large rugs from 6’ x 9’ to 7’ x 10’ make great centerpieces.

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