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Moroccan Berber Rugs are unique and have a fascinating history as one of the most celebrated folk art rug styles. Moroccan Berber Rugs have been in continuous manufacture since the seventh century A.D. From the very first example, the weaving of Moroccan Berber Rugs was the responsibility of the Berber women. Berber women were responsible for keeping and passing down the knowledge that went into making theses rugs, including secrets of family patterns, looping techniques, and the colors that should be used. All of this knowledge was passed down matrilineally, with each subsequent generation of girls being responsible for passing it on to the next. Berber carpets were used within tribal groups as blankets, horse covers, and a wide array of other utilities.
Over the centuries, Moroccan Berber Rugs gradually evolved. Eventually, demand for such carpets began to come from outside of Morocco. Moroccan Berber Rugs began to be seen as especially good gifts, with fine examples being placed in palaces and important sites throughout Europe and the Near East. Still more time passed, and, soon, Berber carpets were exceptionally popular wherever they could be found. The current renewed interest in mid-century modern works of art has returned vintage Berber carpets and Moroccan rugs to the forefront of the rug world once again, with the Moroccan shag rug style enjoying popularity. Today, vintage Berber carpets are among the more popular style of vintage rugs on the market.
Moroccan Berber Rugs, conceived of and woven by the Beni Ourain tribes-people of the Atlas Mountains, are one of the great cultural contributions Morocco has given to the world. These unique and beautiful works of art, with their exciting, energetic and enigmatic compositions entice us just as much today as they have enticed consumers for centuries. The all natural process that results in Moroccan Berber Rugs rugs utilizes local sheep’s wool and local vegetable dyes – making such pieces inherently Eco-friendly.
Moroccan Berber Rugs – Berber rugs and carpets from Morocco are part of North Africa’s famous ethnic tribe weaving. The Moroccan Berber rugs are among the most prestigious modernist and folk art rugs in the world.
Woven from luxurious hand-spun wool, Berber rugs feature bold designs and incomparable textures. The Atlas and rugged, remote peaks of Morocco are home to a tenacious ethnic group known as the Berbers.
Now more than 25 million strong, the Berbers represent dozens of distinctive tribes. Even the renowned Beni Ourain group represents more than one dozen smaller tribes (about 17 of them) that each has its own symbolic dialect and weaving style.
Mid-century Moroccan Berber carpets are as unique and individual as the weavers who created them. The colors, patterns and woven designs are inextricably linked to the isolated villages where they originate.
In the Middle Atlas region, weavers create an amazing variety of geometric patterns, symbolic figures and plain weave stripes. Berber rugs represent a complete repertoire of Moroccan rug styles that includes flat-weave kilims, plush shag carpets, colorful fleecy carpets and posh monochromatic rugs decorated with minimalist designs and abstract patterns.
The stunning Berber rugs of North Africa are as popular today as they were during the mid-20th century when elite European designers first discovered their alluring beauty.
In addition, the older and vintage carpets that were made by the Berber tribes people are still considerably less expensive than almost any other type of carpet – even those that are new and contemporary! This makes them great decorative carpets that could be purchased and appreciated by people from all walks of life.