Karlos

Only one made

Karlos Vintage Moroccan Rug

Rug Description

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

Dimensions: 6'2" x 12'5" (190 cm x 380 cm)

Karlos 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:
  • Beige, Cream
Color Palette:
  • Bone Beige

    A pale, cool beige

  • Charcoal

    A dark gray

  • Inky Black

    True black

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 6'2" x 12'5" (190 cm x 380 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 2.4"(6cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 5.1" (13 cm)
  • Color palette: bone beige, charcoal, inky black
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
  • Artisanal and tribal, geometric designs feature angular edges and simple shapes—like diamonds, squares, lattices, and stylized animals
  • An absolute classic, diamond-based designs create a beautiful and dynamic field of geometric shapes
  • An eye motif indicates the power to reflect the evil eye, and thus protect the weaver
  • 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.
  • A handsome, hand-braided fringe woven from threads of the loom
  • This rug was designed to be used on both sides depending on the season, with the pile side for the winter, and the flat side for the summer
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

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

Living Room

Bedroom

Dining

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