Moustafa

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Moustafa Vintage Moroccan Rug

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Description

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

Dimensions: 5'8" x 10'7" (174 cm x 323 cm)

Moustafa 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:
  • Red
Color Palette:
  • Rust Red

    A brownish red

  • Spiced Pumpkin Orange

    A medium orange, slightly brownish

  • Sage Gray

    A medium-to-dark gray with a greenish tint

  • Dove Gray

    A pale gray with a hint of blue

  • Cream

    A warm off-white

Product Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 5'8" x 10'7" (174 cm x 323 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 0.8"(2cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 3.1" (8 cm)
  • Color palette: rust red, spiced pumpkin orange, sage gray, dove gray, cream
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.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 central medallion anchors the motif to a center focal point from which the design blooms out and is balanced by complementary design elements
  • A hooked detail, also known as a sickle, represents metal, which had protective magic according to the Amazigh
  • Abrash adds visual depth and texture in its variation in color and tone
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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