Moroccan Rugs

Origin of Moroccan Rugs

Moroccan rugs are made in the five regions of Morocco: the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas, Rabat, Eastern Morocco and the Atlantic plains. Retaining an authentic indigenous character and woven by Berber tribes living much as they did centuries ago, vintage Moroccan flat woven and knotted pile rugs are remarkably diverse in style, but all share the characteristics of bold color, thick shaggy pile, naive yet charming motifs and lively patterns of geometric elements.

Each tribe with its own distinct repertoire of designs and colors signify both the ceremonial and day to day life of the group. The vivacious oranges and sunny yellows in Moroccan vintage rugs of the High Atlas, the dramatic light blue and camel tones of the Rabat vintage carpets, or the neutrality of the ivory and charcoal ground Beni Ouarain vintage oriental rugs are ideal for the chic and contemporary interiors of the twentieth century.

How Moroccan Rugs Energize and Amplify Interiors

Moroccan rugs have a singular beauty and earthy authenticity directly tied to the distinctive history of Moroccan textiles and weaving.

The Moroccan weaving tradition is not monolithic. Many of the designs that get lumped together under the Moroccan label are the inheritance of distinctive tribes and ethnicities.

Many of the most recognizable designs, such as the cross-hatch pattern of the Beni Ourain rug (pictured above and seemingly ubiquitous in the design blogosphere this year), come from the tribes of the Atlas Mountains, the range wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the Sahara Desert. These nomadic groups are collectively known as the Berber tribes. Their presence in North Africa preceded Arab migration, and they are found not only in Morocco but also in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Algeria.

Traditionally, Berber people lived a nomadic existence, leading their herds up and down the mountains depending on the seasons. Weaving has long been a part of their culture, and Berber designs are linked back to the very earliest traces of human history, with early iterations found on rock and cave paintings.

Although today we use Moroccan Rugs to bring tactile comfort and aesthetic appeal to interiors, their original purpose was warmth and insulation. The Morrocan Rugs of the Atlas Mountains were hand-woven using the sheep’s wool provided by  nomadic herds. And the rugs provided thick bedding, crucial for the inhospitable climate, for the nomadic people. The cream and neutral colors common to Moroccan rugs sold en mass today harken back to a time when dyes and colors were by no means a priority.

In modern times, the Berber weaving tradition has evolved to suit the contemporary market and it incorporates a wider mix of materials.  Today, Berbers also weave rich and robust rag rugs that incorporate many bright colors. Beyond the tradition of the Berber tribes, Moroccan Rugs also come in an array of styles and patterns developed in distinct modes in different cities throughout the country. The patterns found in Moroccan rugs developed in urban centers are quite different since weavers living in the cities traditionally had more exposure to wider influences, thanks to international trade. In places like Fez, Rabat, Tangier, and Marrakesh, Moroccan rug weavers were more likely to incorporate designs informed by Turkish and other international weaving traditions – floral designs, patterned borders, diamonds, etc.

Moroccan rugs contain a sense of ebulliency and heartiness that is the heritage of their rich and multitudinous history. They offer up a winning combination of textural sensuality and bold, simple visual pleasure that make them simultaneously powerful and versatile choices for interiors.

An Exceptional Collection of Moroccan Carpets

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Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6169
Size: 11' × 8'2'' Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.
Item No: BB6169
$20,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5044
Size: 10' × 6'3'' Circa: 1940
A Modern Vintage Moroccan Rug with a minimal linear design. Bown on off white with a subtle shadow band on 1 side.
Item No: BB5044
$8,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5023
Size: 21'3'' × 11'5'' Circa: 1940
A vintage Moroccan flat weave rug incorporating a multi weaving techniques to create a very unusual modern looking rug.
Item No: BB5023
$22,000
Vintage Moroccan Rug BB6109
Size: 8' × 4'6'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug is a modern combination of simple light beige monochrome and a pile weave. The overall effect of the midcentury vintage carpet is light and minimalist. Moroccan rugs have typically been woven by tribal peoples for their utility...
Item No: BB6109
$5,000
Moroccan rug  BB6067
Size: 10' × 6'7'' Circa:1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features an intricate all-over design of geometric abstractions and linear motifs in multicolored shades such as terracotta, red and brown against a light blue-gray field. Striking in its detail, the mid-century vintage carpet is...
Item No: BB6067
$18,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5872
Size: 11'7'' × 5' Circa: 1940
@ABCThis circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features an all-over design of a multicolored lattice in shades of yellow, orange and blue against a field of neutral beige. Stark and minimalist, the vintage carpet is an intriguing abstract statement....
Item No: BB5872
$4,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5900
Size: 6'8'' × 4'7'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage hand-woven wool Moroccan rug features a colorful geometric design in pinks, blues and browns on a natural-wool background. It is at once modernist and reminiscent of traditional tribal designs. Moroccan rugs have typically been woven by...
Item No: BB5900
$3,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5848
Size: 10'3'' × 5'8'' Circa: 1940
A vintage Moroccan rug from the late 20th century. Traditional natural-wool shaggy rug with five horizontal brown stripes.
Item No: BB5848
$8,000
A Moroccan carpet BB4036
Size: 19'5'' × 10' Circa: 1940
A second quarter 20th century Moroccan carpet, the rust field with abstract floral motifs around five diamond medal...
Item No: BB4036
$80,000
A vintage Moroccan rug BB4690
Size: 13'6'' × 9'10'' Circa: 1950
An early 20th century vintage Moroccan rug having a modern design of scattered rectangles on a beige field within...
Item No: BB4690
$35,000
A Moroccan Rug BB6039
Size: 10' × 7' Circa: 1930
This circa-1930 vintage Moroccan rug has an all-over design of geometric and botanical abstractions in shades of blue, yellow and red against a field of abrashed ice blue, surrounded by multiple thick borders of maroon containing more geometrics and stylized flowers....
Item No: BB6039
$28,000
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Size: 13'2'' × 9'7'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features an all-over design of linear abstractions in sharp brown against a field of beige with pink accents. Simple and minimalist, the vintage carpet manages to make a bold statement in home decor. Moroccan rugs have...
Item No: BB6133
$25,000
A Vintage Moroccan Carpet BB6011
Size: 10' × 5'5'' Circa: 1940
A flat-woven rug with geometric design, crafted by a Moroccan tribe in the mid-twentieth century. The raw material of this rug is black or white sheep's wool, used as is, with a red thread dyed most likely with madder which provides brilliant reds and is native of...
Item No: BB6011
$10,000
A vintage Moroccan rug BB4594
Size: 12'9'' × 8'3'' Circa: 1940
An early 20th century Moroccan rug with the field having narrow beige, brown and black horizontal zigzag stripes...
Item No: BB4594
$33,000
A Moroccxan rug BB5903
Size: 4'6'' × 4'3'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features a bold all-over multicolored raised pile design. The simplicity of the midcentury vintage carpet makes it at once modernist and evocative of tribal motifs. Moroccan rugs have typically been woven by tribal peoples for...
Item No: BB5903
$2,000
A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5847
Size: 12'1'' × 5'7'' Circa: 1940
A vintage handwoven wool pile rug, traditional Moroccan style. Rustic geometric design in warm colors on a natural wool background.
Item No: BB5847
$13,000
A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5884
Size: 15'10'' × 5'10'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features a bold use of color in an all-over geometric design featuring squares of royal purple, black and gray. The vintage carpet is at once modern and evocative of tribal weaving traditions. Moroccan rugs have typically...
Item No: BB5884
$6,000
A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5850
Size: 9'4'' × 7' Circa: 1945
This circa-1945 vintage Moroccan rug handwoven in natural wool by traditional Moroccan methods features an all-over design of large-scale brown diamonds on a neutral background. The stark minimalism of the vintage carpet makes it an intriguing find for modernist...
Item No: BB5850
$9,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5901
Size: 7' × 4'2'' Circa: 1940
A mid-20th century vintage wool pile rug. A modern take on the traditional Moroccan design, with bright red, green and brown rectangles on a natural wool background.
Item No: BB5901
$5,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5964
Size: 9' × 7' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features a simple all-over lozenge lattice design in sharp brown against a field of light beige. Stark and minimalist, the mid-century vintage carpet is modernist and evocative of tribal weaving traditions. Moroccan rugs have...
Item No: BB5964
$12,000
A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5882
Size: 9'8'' × 6'3'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features an all-over design of a multicolored lattice in shades of yellow, orange and blue with crossed linear designs at the center of diamond shapes against a field of neutral beige. Stark and minimalist, the vintage carpet...
Item No: BB5882
$8,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5851
Size: 10'6'' × 6' Circa: 1940:
A second quarter 20th century Moroccan rug, on a natural cream field with a thick brown diamond pattern.
Item No: BB5851
$8,000
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Size: 6'1'' × 3'2'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features a bold all-over multicolor abstract patchwork design in shades of red, green, blue and beige. The overall look of the piece is at once minimalist, modern and evocative of tribal designs. Moroccan rugs have typically...
Item No: BB5867
$3,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5874
Size: 10' × 8'6'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan runner rug features an all-over design of a large brown lattice against a field of neutral beige. Stark and minimalist, the vintage carpet is an intriguing abstract statement. Moroccan rugs have typically been woven by tribal peoples...
Item No: BB5874
$15,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5788
Size: 7'9'' × 4'4'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug captures the eye with a stepped lozenge field in white and light beige against a field of dark brown. The stark contrast of the colors and the simplicity of the geometric design makes for a bold minimalist statement from a...
Item No: BB5788
$8,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5873
Size: 12'7'' × 6'3'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan runner rug features an all-over design of a large brown lattice against a field of neutral beige. Stark and minimalist, the vintage carpet is an intriguing abstract statement. Moroccan rugs have typically been woven by tribal...
Item No: BB5873
$12,000
A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5765
Size: 6'5'' × 3'9'' Circa: 1945
A small Mid-Century flat-weave vintage Moroccan rug with geometric design in brown, green and yellow on a tan background.
Item No: BB5765
$8,000
Moroccan rug  BB6075
Size: 11' × 5'9'' Circa: 1930
This circa-1930 vintage Moroccan rug features a striking all-over design of a latticed field with simple geometric abstractions at the center of the diamond shapes. A muted patina of green, red and beige predominates the modernist look of the vintage early 20th...
Item No: BB6075
$9,000
Moroccan Flatweave  BB5857
Size: 10'3'' × 6'8'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan flat-weave carpet consists of an intricate all-over design of checkerboard squares containing linear and geometric abstractions in shades of blue, rust, beige and green, with an overall muted patina. A center rectangular piece...
Item No: BB5857
$15,000
A Moroccan Rug BB5852
Size: 11'5'' × 6'4'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan rug features two intriguingly off-center diamond shapes outlined in sharp dark brown, and a similarly placed single horizontal dark brown line against a field of natural cream. At once modern and evocative of traditional tribal...
Item No: BB5852
$9,000