Beautiful Berber Vintage Moroccan Rug, Country of Origin: Morocco, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century – Berber rugs have been a design staple since the mid-20th century. Although these rugs have long been a part of the tribal culture and heritage of the people, the midcentury was when they gained popularity among collectors in a way that would transform interior designs forever. These gorgeous pieces often have a longer pile and a soft feeling underfoot. They are warm and add texture to the design.
For the Beni Ourain tribes, these rugs go beyond their utilitarian purpose of keeping warm. The colors and symbols are a form of artistic expression that conveys a simple meaning. The design on this rug might look like a field of random dots, but each of the lines, forms, and colors that were used convey special meaning. Red is the color of strength and protection. Blue symbolizes wisdom. Often changes and transitions in the pattern indicate a change in life circumstances, such an important life event.
One can only imagine the story that the weaver of this rug had to tell. Today, these rugs continue to gain popularity because of their tribal feel and the charming personality that they add to the space. Midcentury designers used them to add texture and to serve as a contrast to modern furniture. Styles that included pieces made from plastic, steel, and Lucite served as a contract to the natural beauty of these rugs.
Today, we love these Moroccan rugs for many of the same reasons that made them popular in the mid-20th century. We love their natural, organic texture, and primate designs. This rug could be used in a retro or vintage room to add authenticity. It is also the perfect piece for designs such as Swedish modern and minimalist. Of course, he natural, earthy feel is perfect for a Boho touch. This rug is a classic that will create a relaxing and soothing retreat from the world.