Antique Rug Motifs: Berber Tattoos

The Berber Tattoos and Designs in Moroccan Rugs

Meanings of Berber Tattoos Motifs in Rugs from Morocco

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Berber Tattoos – Tattooing has a long and complex history in Africa. The Berber tribe, specifically, has been engaged in tattooing symbolic motifs on their bodies for centuries. Berber tattoo motifs range from animal and plant figures, to spiritual and abstract designs.

These tattoos were used for many different purposes, but almost all of them are seen as a way to ward off or protect oneself from evil spirits. Berber tattoo designs can be found plentifully on vintage Moroccan rugs. It is the Berber women who weave, passing motifs and weaving techniques from mother to daughter.

Traditional Moroccan Berber designs include checks, triangles, zigzags, crosses and stars.

Berber Tattoos by Nazmiyal
Berber Tattoo Designs

Designs are a combination of indigenous motifs, those adapted from Islam and those from other African cultures. The design language identifies the village and lineage of the woman. Motifs symbolize energy, god’s blessings, power, and protection. The spiritual power and protective properties of these symbols is believed to ward off the evil eye.

Nazmiyal antique carpets is happy to have a number of vintage Moroccan rugs in our inventory. Click the rugs below to see larger photos, and learn more information about each beautiful piece:

Berber Vintage Moroccan Rug 46026 by Nazmiyal
Berber Vintage Moroccan Rug 46026
Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug 46037 by Nazmiyal
Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug 46037
Vintage Moroccan Berber Rug 46506 by Nazmiyal
Vintage Moroccan Berber Rug 46506
Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug 46037 by Nazmiyal
Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug 46037