Shammai

Only one made

Shammai Vintage Moroccan Runner Rug

Description

One-of-a-kind vintage rug, handwoven and handknotted near the small city of Boujad in the Chaouia-Ouardigha region of Morocco

Dimensions: 2'10" x 11'4" (87 cm x 346 cm)

Shammai 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:
  • Pink
Color Palette:
  • Dark Dusty Rose Pink

    A dark pink-red

  • Cherry Red

    A bright, true red

  • Powder Blue

    A pale pastel blue

  • Emerald Green

    A medium, true green

  • Midnight Blue

    A deep blue, almost black

Product Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool pile on mixed fiber foundation
  • Dimensions: 2'10" x 11'4" (87 cm x 346 cm)
  • Plush pile: approximately 0.8"(2cm)
  • One-sided fringe: measures 3.1" (8 cm)
  • Color palette: dark dusty rose pink, cherry red, powder blue, emerald green, midnight blue
  • 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 Originally made for personal use, these rugs took months to weave, documenting a shifting tide of events and emotions in the weaver’s life.
  • Lined with a repeating set of four medallions to create multiple points of visual interest and direction
  • A checkerboard field is playful, geometric, and said to be symbolic of higher realms, worlds beyond, fertility, and the divine.
  • An eye motif indicates the power to reflect the evil eye, and thus protect the weaver
Origin

Boujad was considered a holy town. Boujad rugs were made by a variety of tribes, and thus vary widely in color, composition, and weave. Often described with words like surreal, mystic, and mesmerizing, these rugs depict a world beyond reality. Construction-wise, they have twice as many horizontal as vertical knots, which makes them floppy and easy to move.

Material Details

This rug is called a boucherouite, which derives from bu sharwit, a Moroccan Arabic term meaning 'piece of cloth'. Reflective of the ever-shifting post-modern, post-consumer landscape, these 'everything rugs' are woven with colorful miscellaneous fiber scraps. In this piece, a wool pile is knotted onto mixed-fiber wefts and textured wool warps.

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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