Moroccan Rugs

Vintage Moroccan Rugs – decorative textiles made in the territory of Morocco.

Explore Moroccan Rugs

There are four main types of these carpets – flat-woven kilims, shaggy Beni Ourains, knotted pile rugs and rag rugs. Moroccan rugs distinguish themselves with bold coloration and tribal aesthetics. They carry geometric rather than figurative designs. Moroccan rugs have been very popular since the mid-20th century. It is due to their naïve charm and unique aesthetics.

The Origin of Vintage Moroccan Rugs

Moroccan rugs are made in five regions of Morocco:

  1. the Middle Atlas,
  2. the High Atlas,
  3. Rabat, Eastern
  4. Morocco
  5. and the Atlantic plains.

Woven by Berber tribes living much as they did centuries ago, they retain an authentic indigenous character. Vintage Moroccan flat-woven and knotted-pile rugs are remarkably diverse in style. They may carry bold colors, naive yet charming motifs and lively patterns of geometric elements.

Each tribe has its own distinct repertoire of designs and colors. These reflect both the ceremonial and day to day life of the group. The vivacious oranges and sunny yellows reign in Moroccan vintage rugs of the High Atlas. Dramatic light blue and camel tones appear in the Rabat vintage Moroccan carpets. In turn, the ivory background and charcoal motifs are characteristic of Beni Ourain rugs. All types of Moroccan rugs are ideal for the chic contemporary interiors of the 20th century.

Vintage Moroccan Rug

How Moroccan Rugs Energize and Amplify Interiors?

Vintage Moroccan Rug

Moroccan rugs exhibit particular beauty and earthy authenticity. It stems directly from the distinctive history of the country’s textiles.

The Moroccan weaving tradition is not monolithic. Many of the Moroccan rug designs get lumped together under the Moroccan label. However, in fact, they are the inheritance of distinctive tribes and ethnicities.

A vast majority of Moroccan designs, such as the cross-hatch pattern of Beni Ourain rugs, comes from the tribes of the Atlas Mountains. They occupy 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. Nonetheless, one may find them not only in Morocco but also in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Algeria.

Vintage Moroccan Berber Rug

Traditionally, the Berber people lived a nomadic, wandering life. They used to lead their herds up or down the mountains depending on the seasons. Weaving has long been a part of their existence -Berber designs trace back to the very first manifestations of human culture. Surprisingly enough, early versions of the motifs appeared on rock and cave paintings.

Today we use Moroccan Rugs to bring tactile comfort and aesthetic appeal to interiors. However, their original purpose was to provide warmth and insulation. The vintage Moroccan Rugs of the Atlas Mountains were hand-woven using sheep’s wool. Thus, they provided thick bedding, crucial in the inhospitable climate. The cream, neutral colors common to Beni Ourain rugs (sold en mass today) hark back to a time when dyes were a scarce resource.

In modern times, the Berber weaving tradition has evolved to suit the contemporary market. Thus, it incorporates a wider mix of materials. Today, Berbers weave rich and robust rag rugs that carry many bright colors. Nonetheless, there is something beyond the craft of the Berber tribes. Moroccan rugs also come in an array of styles and patterns developed in different cities throughout the country. The designs found in Moroccan rugs from urban centers have their unique character. Why? The weavers living in the cities traditionally had more exposure to foreign influences thanks to, inter alia, trade. In places like Fez, Rabat, Tangier, and Marrakesh, the weavers were more likely to incorporate designs of other cultures. Therefore, Moroccan rugs may carry floral designs, patterned borders, diamonds, etc.

Moroccan rugs contain a sense of vivaciousness and heartiness that takes roots in their rich heritage. They offer up a combination of textural sensuality and bold, simple visual pleasure. It makes them simultaneously powerful and versatile choices for state-of-the-art interiors.

Finding the Perfect Moroccan Rug

People struggle to get real Moroccan rugs. They seek in various places, often to no avail. The ideal option would be to go to Africa yourself and get the Moroccan rug straight from an artisan. However, even then the buyer has to be confident in his ability to judge the craftsman’s work. Besides, as tourists, we usually have an opportunity to make a purchase only at a local market. There is a threat that the seller has poor quality local goods or, what’s worse, deals with some imported, mass-scale items.  After all, not all textiles that are in Morocco are from Morocco. If you want an authentic Moroccan rug, you have to pay attention to several crucial matters.

First and foremost, put your trust in the hands of a reliable dealer. Especially when shopping online, we may come across many purveyors pretending to have the original thing. Sadly, the carpet that later arrives at our door appears to be neither qualitative nor beautiful. Presently, you have to be careful with fakes. A Moroccan rug of your dreams should be hand-made of natural materials, no matter if high-pile or flat-weave. Only then will you be certain that it can withstand years of usage in excellent condition. Not to mention uniqueness! Machine-made carpets are repetitive, those hand-crafted are always one-of-a-kind.

What is correct name? Moraccan, morocan, morrocan or maybe morrocan rugs?

During online browsing, remember to type in the name of the category correctly. Some people, instead of Moroccan rugs, use the phrase “Morocan rug”, “Morrocan rugs” or even “Moraccan rug.” It seems to be same but a dishonest purveyor may be selling a completely different item under a very similar name. Be careful not to get cheated!

DLB as a Trusted Dealer of Moroccan Rugs

At Doris Leslie Blau, we know all about our rugs. We guarantee that every piece in our collection, custom or vintage, is the real, best quality rug. Moroccan rugs, custom rugs and other DLB carpets are the essence of refined workmanship and upmost artistry. We have established our position among world’s best purveyors of rugs only through hard work and commitment. Browse our website for vintage carpets from Morocco or contact us to get a new one, custom-made one. Your satisfaction is our top priority.

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