Vintage Colorful Moroccan Handmade Cotton Runner BB5898 2'4" × 7'10" $6,000
This circa-1945 Moroccan vintage runner rug features a bold raised pile multicolored all-over geometric design that shifts from soft pastel hues in pink and lilac to autumnal oranges and browns. Whether used to connect adjacent rooms or to decorate narrow spaces, the vintage runner rug is a striking modernist statement. Moroccan vintage runner 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 rugs with their minimalist furniture. Many of these Berber antique 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 style area rugs makes them attractive to modernist collectors.
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From versatile flatweaves to shaggy hand-knotted area rugs or runners, Moroccan rugs are both decorative and functional. They are valued for their technical qualities, expert use of fibers, great tensile strength, and abrasion resistance. Without a doubt, the original tribal Moroccan rugs from the Doris Leslie Blau collection bring character and a touch of worldliness to an interior.
Vintage Colorful Moroccan Handmade Cotton Runner BB5898