Moroccan Rugs

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 three technique rug
Rug making at a cooperative in Sidi Moktar
Rug making at a cooperative in Sidi Moktar
Display of rugs
A selection of images
New delivery of rugs
Tent Band/runner
Moroccan rug R109
Large Vintage Kilim
Detail of Vintage Kilim
Taznacht low pile knotted runner
Large Vintage Plain Beni Ouarain
Black sheep Handira
Moroccan  wool rug
Moroccan Rabat Knotted Rug
Moroccan Akhnif flatweave rug R224
Akhnif runner
Beni Ouraine large rug (detail)
Moroccan Zemmour tent band
Middle Atlas Zemmour large rug (detail)
Moroccan Shishaway Rug
Soft knotted Rug
Moroccan  Pile Rug
Large Middle Atlas Zemmour (detail)
Zemmour runner
Morrocan 3 technique tent band
Selecting a rug
Moroccan Zemmour style rug
3 technique mat
zemmour Rug R104
3 technique mat
3 technique rug
Rugs in Marrakech

Rug making at a cooperative in Sidi Moktar