- 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
- Directional design or color gradients with purposeful asymmetry and movement
- Architectural elements represent significant structures like tents, minarets, and houses
- An eight-pointed star symbolizes the feminine and fertility
Zayane, also known 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, often 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.
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.