The Berber carpet or Moroccan Rug is not just a carpet. Woven not only to decorate the home and for warmth, to show prosperity and a welcome to the visitor, but also it is the way in which the authentic traditions of the Berbers are kept alive. The women who made these carpets were not able to go about freely and each spring when the tribes exchanged goods including the rugs, the women were able to communicate with the other tribeswomen, telling them of all the latest news ie marriages, births and deaths.
Each symbol has a meaning. The triangular symbol in the carpets represents the Berber symbol for the desert and the pointed line was the symbol for the Atlas mountains, thus pinpointing where they were made. All the colourings came from spices and natural ingredients for example yellow from saffron, brown from the clay, blue from plants etc. The rugs were the ID cards of the different tribes. There are various methods of making these rugs. The flat kilim method. The normal (knotted) carpet or rug methods and the embroidery method. Some rugs have all three included in their makeup and these are known as the 3 technique rugs. All three types can be found within our collection.
Moroccan Zemmour style rug R229
An flat woven wool rug in densely patterned bands with white cotton highlights 265 x 156 cms £795