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Kenthal Vintage Moroccan Rug

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Rug Description

One-of-a-kind vintage rug, handwoven and handknotted in the town of Taznakht in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco.

Dimensions: 5'1" x 8'5" (155 cm x 257 cm)

Kenthal 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:
  • Pink
Color Palette:
  • Dusty Rose Pink

    A medium-to-light pink-red

  • Warm Vanilla Beige

    A warm pale beige, almost tan

  • Espresso Brown

    An almost-black brown

  • Powder Blue

    A pale pastel blue

  • Lemon Yellow

    A light yellow

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 5'1" x 8'5" (155 cm x 257 cm)
  • High pile: approximately 0.6"(1.5cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 5.1" (13 cm)
  • Color palette: dusty rose pink, warm vanilla beige, espresso brown, powder blue, lemon yellow
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
  • A series of repeating medallions create a beautifully complex field or pattern
  • A hexagonal shape (also known as a “lozenge”) represents the female form and fertility
  • A simple, but classic design—zig-zag patterns represent water as a vital element in life
  • A hooked detail, also known as a sickle, represents metal, which had protective magic according to the Amazigh
  • A symmetrical overhead view of a floral rosette
  • Triangular amulet design—believed to protect against evil spirits and bad luck
  • A handsome, hand-braided fringe woven from threads of the loom
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

Medium rugs between 5’ x 8’ and 6’ x 9’ are loved for their versatility.

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