Beautiful Vintage Moroccan Ivory Rug, Country of Origin: Morocco, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century – Vintage Moroccan rugs were popular in the mid-20th century as a complement to the iconic streamlined, sleek furniture and accessory styles of the time. Designers such as Le Corbusier and Ray Eames used traditional Berber rugs as the foundation for their room designs. Today, we find them just as beautiful and an excellent addition to many modern interior styles. They are finding their way into styles from minimalist to Boho chic.
Authentic Berber rugs were created by the nomadic tribes that live in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The rug weaving tradition of these tribes goes back thousands of years. The primary purpose of rugs was functional rather than decorative. The ancient symbols found on the rugs tell the story of the weaver’s life, the tribe, or have meaning steeped in mythology and the stories of the people. An abrupt change in pattern is often used to indicate a change in life circumstances. The rugs record births, deaths, marriages, and other life events. Many of the symbols used in these rugs are also found in Paleolithic caves in the area.
One of the qualities that endear the world to authentic Berber rugs is their long, soft pile. The harsh climate of this mountainous area promotes the growth of long, lustrous, durable wool from the local sheep that are raised by the tribe. This gives them a cozy, luxurious feel underfoot and allows them to catch the natural light in the space.
Berber rugs have a graphic design that looks as if it could have been made by modern hands. This one would be an excellent addition to add pattern to a black and white interior. The high-contrast design has an ultra-modern look, but still has a natural quality that makes it perfect for Swedish modern décor and similar styles. The versatility of this vintage rug and its ability to fit into many different styles is one of the things that attracts us to them and makes them as popular today as they were in midcentury modern design.