- Size: 5'2" × 6'2" (157 × 187 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsThis vintage Moroccan rug fully explains the obsession of the mid-20th century Modernists with authentic Oriental weaving craft. Its face carries an abstract and minimalist design of extremely lax geometric […]
- Size: 5'4" × 5'10" (162 × 177 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsA vintage 1950’s Moroccan pile rug. It was hand-woven on a house loom in accordance to weaving techniques reaching back to middle ages. The content is lambswool. The rich palette […]
- Size: 5'0" × 8'3" (152 × 251 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsDistinguished by tribal aesthetics and effortless elegance, this vintage rug is a paragon of the mid-20th century Moroccan craftsmanship. Its playful yet perfectly balanced design features geometric and ethnic motifs […]
- Size: 5'4" × 9'5" (162 × 287 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsThis fabulous vintage rug belongs to the category of Beni Ourains, extremely praised by the mid-20th century Modernists. Just one look at its tribal design and shaggy pile is enough […]
- Size: 6'3" × 7'5" (190 × 226 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsUnique and chic, this vintage rug perfectly combines modern minimalism with ethnic art. No wonder the mid-20th century Modernists were absolutely obsessed with Moroccan weaving craft. Its face bears an […]
- Size: 6'3" × 10'0" (190 × 304 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsThis vintage Moroccan rug beautifully combines modern minimalism with tribal aesthetics. Its face is divided by a belt of classic oriental motifs known as Bukaǧı, the fetter, symbolizing union. It […]
- Size: 7'10" × 16'0" (238 × 487 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsThis lovely vintage rug is a graceful example of the iconic Moroccan craftsmanship. Although executed in the middle of the 20th century, the piece contains traditional kilim motifs which for […]
- Size: 11'0" × 15'6" (335 × 472 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage Carpets, KilimsVintage Moroccan – Kilim Rug, a Mid-20th century vintage Moroccan antique rug, Circa: 1950, Origin: Morocco. This Moroccan flat-weave area rug will constitute an extremely tasteful complementation to absolutely any […]
- Size: 6'0" × 12'5" (182 × 378 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsVintage Moroccan Rug, Circa: 1950, Origin: Morocco, A mid 20th century Moroccan vintage rug. This beautiful Beni Ourain carpet made of decent wool features representative elements of design. This pile-woven […]
- Size: 12'10" × 18'7" (391 × 566 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsA mid 20th century Moroccan antique rug, the dusty rose field with a subtle pale yellow design of columns of enlarged serrated leaves linked to palmettes within a pair of […]
- Size: 11'0" × 17'0" (335 × 518 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsThis striking vintage Moroccan carpet features an all-over latticed field in shades of yellow, beige and brown. The intricate geometric shapes detailing the outlines of the lattice create somewhat of […]
- Size: 11'5" × 21'3" (347 × 647 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsA Vintage Moroccan Flat Weave area rug incorporating multi weaving techniques to create a very unusual modern rug. Although today we use moroccan rugs for sale to bring tactile comfort […]
- Size: 8'3" × 12'9" (251 × 388 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsAn early 20th century Moroccan shag rug with the field having narrow beige, brown and black horizontal zigzag stripes within a striped serrated triangle border. Doris Leslie Blau has always […]
- Size: 8'3" × 11'9" (251 × 358 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage Carpets, Pop-Up ShopA modern second quarter Moroccan rug having an intricate geometric pattern with concentric rectangles with stripes, diamonds and other reciprocal geometric motifs in shades of sand, brown and beige within […]
- Size: 10'0" × 19'5" (304 × 591 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsA second quarter 20th century Moroccan antique carpet, the rust field with abstract floral motifs around five diamond medallions with light blue stepped spandrels containing fleurons and hooked devices within […]
- Size: 6'2" × 12'9" (187 × 388 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsMoroccan style rugs were always quite popular, but nowadays they took interior design industry by storm – and not without a reason. Any carpet aficionado will tell you that Moroccan […]
- Size: 5'9" × 8'7" (175 × 261 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsThis truly marvelous vintage Moroccan rug is a modernist variation on the classic Beni Ourain design. Woven for centuries by nomadic tribes from Rif Mountains near Taza, Beni Ourain antique […]
- Size: 6'1" × 9'8" (185 × 295 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsThis classy, oriental vintage carpet is not only a beautiful utilitarian object but also a meaningful piece of history. It is packed with traditional kilim motifs that for centuries have […]
- Size: 4'0" × 5'8" (121 × 172 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsMoroccan rugs are one of the most sough-after decoration items in the world and this vintage beauty fully shows the reason behind this fascination. Its ingenious design combines the exoticism […]
- Size: 5'7" × 9'1" (171 × 277 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsVintage Moroccan rugs are highly sought after and this one’s beauty is an easy explanation why. Delightfully soft, this carpet was hand-knotted by a talented artisan with a creative soul. […]
- Size: 11'7" × 19'2" (353 × 584 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage Carpets, KilimsVintage Moroccan Flat Weave Rug, Origin: Morocco, Circa: 1950, a mid-20th century Vintage Moroccan Rug. Here we have a very subtle and genuine creation, a large size blanket-style Vintage Moroccan […]
- Size: 6'5" × 11'0" (195 × 335 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsVintage Moroccan Rug, Origin: Morocco, Circa: 1950, a mid-20th century vintage Moroccan rug. This astonishing example of Moroccan vintage rug for sale symbolizes the genuine culture of the North African […]
- Size: 5'0" × 11'4" (152 × 345 cm)Vintage Rugs in New York City, Moroccan Rugs and Vintage CarpetsVintage Moroccan antique rug, a mid 20th century vintage Moroccan rug. This vintage area rug woven in 1960’s contains the spirit of indigenous Moroccans. Famed for their devotion to tradition, […]
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 Moroccan rugs 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 Moroccan 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?
The Moroccan weaving tradition is not monolithic. Many of the Moroccan rug designs that get lumped together under the Moroccan label are the inheritance of distinctive tribes and ethnicities.
Many of the most recognizable Moroccan rugs, 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.
Vintage Berber Rugs
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 Moroccan Rugs of the Atlas Mountains were hand-woven using the sheep’s wool provided by nomadic herds. And the Moroccan 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.