Vintage Moroccan Rug BB5147
Vintage Moroccan Rug Description:
This circa-1940 vintage Moroccan shag rug is woven with wool and cotton on a ribbed background, and features an all-over colorblocked design in shades including brown, red and blue. Fringe appears at the ends of the vintage carpet. Moroccan antique kilim rugs have typically been woven by tribal peoples for their utility rather than for decoration.
These vintage carpets experienced a growth in popularity in the West when mid-century modern designers such as Le Corbusier paired the thick piled Berber vintage area rugs with their minimalist furniture. Many of these Berber carpets are woven by the Beni Ourain peoples from the Rif Mountains near the city of Taza in northern Morocco. Colors vary from neutral shades to bright, stand-out hues, with designs ranging from geometric simplicity to free-flowing abstraction. The primitivist feel of many Moroccan carpets makes them attractive to modernist collectors.