A Beautiful Vintage Red Berber Moroccan Rug
This brightly red carpet is a beautiful example from Nazmiyal’s Moroccan Berber carpet collection. Rather than featuring either the typical ivory and brown format of traditional mid-century Beni Ourain carpets or the abstract, highly eccentric tribal style that sometimes characterizes Moroccan carpets from this period, this particular piece exhibits a unique composition, which perhaps may best described as a field of red, detailed at irregular and unexpected intervals by small horizontal patches of blue and white. This exceedingly minimalist composition almost represents a deconstruction and reevaluation of conventional carpet patterns – for rather than featuring detail work in the traditional sense of the term, this carpet is almost entirely open to interpretation, its simple pattern as mesmerizing as it is straightforward. A unique and beautifully woven Berber rug, this mid-century Moroccan is an intriguing piece.
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 rug 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.