Berber Vintage Red Moroccan Rug
Vintage Berber Red Moroccan Rug — Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history.
This week’s Wednesday Wishlist selection is a brightly red colored rug from Nazmiyal’s Moroccan rug collection. Although Moroccan rugs are commonly composed in neutral palettes of charcoal or brown patterning on ivory grounds, This red Moroccan rug, which dates back to the Mid-Twentieth century, is a fabulous example of the bold use of color sometimes employed by Moroccan weavers, which is achieved by the use of natural pigments made from plants like henna, saffron, and indigo.
In Moroccan culture, red is often associated with being a protective color, and is commonly thought to ward off illness and injury, which gives this rug a powerful symbolic element. Similarly, yellow– the color of the sun — is often used to convey the idea of eternity or longevity in Moroccan tribal culture, which reiterates the auspicious nature of this piece. Whether or not you believe in the symbolic power of these colors, the bright ground of this vintage rug brings a happy pop of color to any room.
One classically Moroccan detail in this rug is the diamond-shaped latticework found throughout the piece. Many Moroccan weavers include similarly linear designs, which have been handed down from ancestor to ancestor since the Paleolithic era.
Although the geometric pattern found on this and many other Moroccan rugs can be traced back thousands of years, Moroccan rugs have only recently become popular to Western customers in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Thanks to the rise of Modernist design and abstract art, the bold, primitive shapes and lines found on these pieces fits in wonderfully with contemporary interior design tastes, making Moroccan rugs such as this one highly coveted by designers and decorators.