Ratka

Only one made

Ratka Vintage Moroccan Rug

Dimensions:
4'3" x 7'6" (130 cm x 230 cm)

Rug Description

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

Dimensions: 4'3" x 7'6" (130 cm x 230 cm)

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

Rug Type:
  • Hand-knotted Rugs

    Sturdy pile rugs meticulously woven by hand, with individually hand-tied knots, so no two are exactly alike

Age:
  • Vintage

    Typically between 20-100 years old

Main Color:
  • Orange

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 4'3" x 7'6" (130 cm x 230 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 0.8"(2cm)
  • Color palette: cantaloupe, spiced pumpkin orange, rust red, walnut brown

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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
  • Abrash adds visual depth and texture in its variation in color and tone
  • An eight-pointed star symbolizes the feminine and fertility
  • A lion's paw symbolizes strength and protection against ill will
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

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

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