Beautiful Vintage Moroccan Ivory Rug, Country of Origin: Morocco, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century – There is nothing like the softness and beauty of an authentic Berber rug. That is why they have been a favorite among collectors for several decades. The Berber tribes of Morocco became highly collectible during the mid-20th century. They are made from soft wool raised by the tribes who inhabit the harsh climate of the Altlas mountains. The produces a wool that is durable, warm, and soft at the same time.
The symbols on the tribal rugs have a special meaning. They served as a form of primitive written language. Many of the symbols found on the rugs are also found in cave paintings dating as far back as 30,000 BC. The women of the tribe used these symbols to tell the story of their lives and as a form of artistic expression. They often carry themes that are common to everyone, such as birth, death, marriage, and the roles of men and women with the tribe.
The colors of the rugs were created using only local materials that were available to the women. Even the colors have a special meaning. Rugs were considered prized possessions by the tribes. During the mid-20th century, these rugs found a new audience who appreciated their tribal flavor, and that served as a stark contrast to the streamlined, minimalist forms that became popular during that era.
A Berber rug was often the centerpiece of the room in midcentury design. It created a soft, plush contrast to modern furniture with its simple geometric shapes. Moroccan rugs are still a favorite among those who want a soft feel within the room. The tribal character makes this rug perfect for a Boho-chic room or for one that reflects midcentury design principles. It is a gorgeous and fascinating piece for the collector or for anyone who appreciates the softness and history of this unique piece.