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.

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Moroccan Flatweave BB5857

Size: 10'3" x 6'8" Circa:1940
A late 20th century Moroccan flat weave carpet.

Item No: BB5857

A Moroccan Rug BB5867

Size: 6'1" x 3'2" Circa: 1940
A Vintage Moroccan rug with an all over multi color abstract patchwork design.

Item No: BB5867

A Moroccan Rug BB5874

Size:10' x 8'6" Circa:1940
A late 20th century vintage moroccan rug.

Item No: BB5874

A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5882

Size: 9'8" x 6'3" Circa:1940
An early 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.

Item No: BB5882
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A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5761

Size:8' x 5'7" Circa: 1940
A Vintage Moroccan rug with a plain beige background.

Item No: BB5761

A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5762

Size:7'7" x 4'10" Circa:1940
A Vintage Moroccan rug beige and brown with a geometric design.

Item No: BB5762
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A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5760

Size:11'6" x 4'8" Circa 1940

Item No: BB5760

A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5759

Size:9'10" x 4'6" Circa:1940

Item No: BB5759

A Moroccan Rug BB5788

Size: 7'9" x 4'4" Circa:1940
A vintage Moroccan Pile rug with an all over geometrical design.

Item No: BB5788

A Moroccan Rug BB5785

Size: 7' x 4'3" Circa: 1940

Item No: BB5785

A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5757

Size: 5'1" × 3'5'' Circa: 1940
A second quarter 20th century Moroccan rug, the cocoa field with a modern geometric lattice design.

Item No: BB5757

A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5756

Size: 12'9" x 6'1"Circa: 1940
A mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug in an allover shade of beige .

Item No: BB5756

A Moroccan Rug BB5023

Size: 21'3'' × 11'5'' Circa: 1940
A Vintage Moroccan Flat Weave Rug incorporating multi weaving techniques...

Item No: BB5023

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

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

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

A Moroccan Rug BB5846

Size: 10'2"x 6'6" Circa:1940
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan rug.

Item No: BB5846

A Moroccan Rug BB5848

Size:10'3" x 5'8" Circa:1940
A late 20th century Vintage Moroccan rug.

Item No: BB5848

A Moroccan Rug BB5787

Size:8'10" x 5'10" Circa:1930
A late 19th century Moroccan rug.

Item No: BB5787

A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5765

Size: 6'5" x 3'9" Circa:1945

Item No: BB5765

A Moroccan Rug BB5852

Size:11'5" x 6'4" Circa:1940
A second quarter 20th century Moroccan rug.

Item No: BB5852

A Moroccan Rug BB5763

Size: 6'2" x 2'6" Circa 1940

Item No: BB5763

A Moroccan Rug BB5044

Size: 10' × 6'3'' Circa: 1940
A Modern Vintage Moroccan Rug with a minimal linear design...

Item No: BB5044

A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5742

Size: 9'3'' x 6'1" Circa:1940
Colorful vintage Moroccan Pile rug with geometrical design.

Item No: BB5742

A Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5828

Size: 10' x 6'8" Circa:1945
A late 20th century vintage Moroccan pile rug.

Item No: BB5828
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