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We (obviously!) cherish Moroccan rugs and textiles. With their natural design, lovely use of shading, captivating themes, and symbols.
The accessibility of old rugs is normally limited, and in light of the fact that there has been such an incredible interest in these rugs, they are less accessible now more than ever. Great pieces are rare, and discovering them requires investing heaps of energy out in the remote towns. It also requires interacting with the Berber families, as we do.
We are here to help you overcome these hurdles! If you are looking for quality, antique beauty and something absolutely dazzling, we advise you to take into consideration the following.
In the Middle Atlas Mountains and the chilly Northern parts of Morocco, for example, where Beni Ouarain rugs are made, rugs are woven as resting mats so they have a tendency to be long and tight. In addition, they are thick and substantial. In the lower areas and the milder atmospheres, rugs are used for the most part as seating mats or covers so they are lighter and the sizes are distinctively unique, with long covers and smaller mats.
The expansive western room-sized formats often are almost newer Rugs. The fact that they are woven with care, individual touch, and with incredible quality wool, these Rugs can be excellent. We regularly have some of these rugs available on our website.
In any case, many individuals pass these off as old, or as frauds that have been attempted to look old with old-fashioned washes or dyed to look the part. Pricing ought to provide you some insight with regards to the genuine quality of the product.
Traditionally, rugs were woven both by women, for everyday use, and by professional weavers for well-off families. The rugs made by the latter could be at times up to 10 meters in length. The best rugs will convey the musings, fears, hopes and the individual articulations of the weaver, with powerful imagery, joined in a creative congruity, with a sense of wonder and beauty. Just by taking a look at various original mats, their creative ingenuity becomes evident as contrasted with standard formats that have been duplicated. An antique rug may be extremely expressive, for example, some cream and chestnut Beni Ouarain pieces, but their perennial beauty and craft is hard to match by emulators.
wool, cotton, lurex …
Up in the freezing weather in the northern regions, rugs were quite often woven completely in unadulterated wool– the pile and in addition to the base. They infrequently had cotton bases, and cotton is now used as a part of new rugs to save cash. In any case, in the warmer south women would use cotton in the base, while the knots were made out of wool. However, Boucharouite rug carpets, made with pieces, targeted to textiles, were woven with everything without exception! It’s not strange to discover plastic and Lurex stowing away in these gorgeous rugs.
Thick cream and charcoal mats may have wide shading varieties in the wool tones, from areas of butterscotch and dim cream to cool ivory. This emerges from the weaver using little clumps of wool.
A past life
There’s no getting away from it. An old rug will have some wear, probably a few imprints, and perhaps different indications of its past life (henna marks, candle wax). We ought to treasure these as a sign they are authentic and unique. We regularly make rebuilding efforts, and obviously, our rugs will be washed, frequently more than once. A few rugs will be looked after painstakingly and will be in better condition, others will show a significant wear. Scan for these signs – they are one way you’ll have the capacity to tell the authentic from the duplicate.
You may see photographs of Moroccan Rug souks in the main tourist urban cities with shops heaped high with rug upon rug. One reason this is conceivable is on account that there is a flourishing business weaving industry, with vast outlets. However, while a number of these rugs are passed off as vintage or as separately made family pieces, many of them are created by women, working in industry-like conditions. It’s impossible that they are truly authentic, so take care to inquire further information and discover how and where your rug was woven.
Original Moroccan Rugs and textiles are wonderful and progressively unique. We attempt to guarantee that the families who sell them are well compensated for their work. Also, we trust that your unique Rug will be exactly what you are looking for. Try not to settle for anything less!
Moroccan provincial rugs have stayed amazing and compelling expressions of a dynamic tradition. While we wonder about their magnificence, the variety of images and the use of color, we can likewise set aside the opportunity to contemplate on the complex and tedious way in which they were made – with such ability and diligent work, using no more than pure wool from the family sheep, basic conditions, and an inventive spirit.
The Berbers were Morocco’s unique inhabitants, and for many years, they were isolated from outside influence. The Arabs then moved into Morocco towards the end of the seventeenth century, conveying Islam to the most distant western part of North Africa. In spite of the fact that we tend to think about the Berber tribes as the main weavers of provincial rugs, both the Arabs and Berbers wove rugs and intermarried and blended with each other. Only where there was incredible isolation did no blending occur. Strict adherence to custom gave the Berber individuals a solid feeling of solidarity and has secured their way of life. Wool was at the heart of the vast majority of communities, and all aspects of the weaving procedure were completed by hand.
Culture and traditions in every Berber community are extremely tribal and will vary from area to area. That is the reason Rugs can have such extraordinary styles, color palettes, and weaving techniques, contingent upon the tribe. Livestock equipped tribal people groups with wool, which they used to weave practically all that they wanted – Rugs for dozing mats, garments, tents, tent dividers, covers, saddle sacks, and donkey covers. Women dealt with each part of the process– carding and twisting the wool, dyeing it, and afterwards meshing it into a Rug that emanated an energetic presence. In the most recent 40 years, women have progressively purchased hand-spun wool at little markets.
These country’s rugs were woven on simplistic weaving looms, vertical or horizontal and laid on the ground; and these wooden weaving looms were made to be disassembled and conveyed from place to place. The span of the loom had a tendency to confine the width of the rug to around 2 m – pretty much the correct width for a family to sleep on. It’s extremely uncommon to locate an exceptionally old rug that is not long and rare.
In spite of the fact that Berber weaving went beyond purely functional interests to wonderful manifestations made to be prized and valued, an unforgiving rustic way of life, where textiles were utilized and afterwards disposed of, is not generally contrary with rugs life span. So if a rug is dated as vintage and has neither wear nor damage, even henna stamps and candle wax, be skeptical! We infrequently go over rugs that are, say, 70 to 80 years of age and are not in a delicate state and need repair. However, that as it may, notwithstanding when vintage implies wear, the loveliest Berber rugs hold their profound hues and striking identities.
Women or their families may in the long run choose to sell their rugs, yet we attempt never to overlook the work and care that went into making them. To the extent we would, we try to purchase directly from these women, and we pay them what they inquire.