Description:
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features an all-over pattern of intersecting geometric shapes in shades of red, black and white. The structured but non-linear design is perfect as an abstract, modernist statement. Rugs have been woven by the indigenous people of Morocco since the Paleolithic Era. Traditionally, Moroccan rugs have been woven by tribal peoples for their utility rather than for decorative purposes. Moroccan rugs experienced a growth in popularity in the West with mid-century modern designers - such as Le Corbusier - who paired the thick piled Berber rugs with their sleek furniture. Many of these Berber carpets are woven by the Beni Ourain peoples from the Rif Mountains near Taza. Colors vary from neutral shades to bright, eye-catching hues, with designs ranging from ordered geometric shapes to a more free-form pattern. Part of the appeal to the modernists is the primitivism in the carpets, making it fit wonderfully with modernist themes.
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