Gulan

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Gulan Vintage Moroccan Rug

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Description

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

Dimensions: 3'11" x 6'9" (121 cm x 208 cm)

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

Product 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:
  • Beige, Cream
Color Palette:
  • Cream

    A warm off-white

  • Maroon

    A medium-to-dark purplish red

  • Inky Black

    True black

  • Navy

    A deep true navy

Product Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 3'11" x 6'9" (121 cm x 208 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 1.6"(4cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 1.6" (4 cm)
  • Color palette: cream, maroon, inky black, navy
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
  • Deeply meaningful symbols to the women weavers of this culture, these interconnected medallions represent pregnancy and motherhood
  • A geometric, step-like pattern which expresses the primitive, artisanal qualities of weaving from nomadic cultures
  • Crosses are a fundamental element of rug design (occasionally alluding to faith)
  • An eye motif indicates the power to reflect the evil eye, and thus protect the weaver
  • A tree of life, a symbol found in religions worldwide, alludes to nature and was commonly used in Amazigh tattoos
Origin

The Marmoucha tribal territory includes some of the highest elevations of the Middle Atlas. These rugs have a very heavy pile, and were woven for both bed and floor coverings. They often feature chessboard or triangular designs, double-sided pile at the edges, and limited borders.

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

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

Living Room

Bedroom

Office

Kitchen

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