Moroccan Rugs – At the Nazmiyal Collection of Antique Rugs, we are proud to present some of the best and most beautiful vintage rugs and carpets from Morocco ever assembled in one collection. For the last 20 years, we have searched and traveled through small villages and the harsh mountains of the Bebers and the Beni Ourains to find the most desirable and unique collection of vintage Moroccan rugs and carpets.
The Moroccan rugs are most famous for their dynamic color designs and bold geometric patterns. Today, the Moroccan rug is one the industry’s hottest design trend. Each piece is a sliver of history, a slice of true folk art, and is an heirloom that may be passed down for generations.
Though their earliest existence only dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, these pieces have withstood the test of time and have earned their social status with the ever-changing interior design world.
These beauties are the birth-child of a cross between central and western Turkish rugs during the mid 1800’s. Notoriously distinct for their geometric designs, the Moroccan rug features bold designs that differ from traditional traditional Persian rugs adding an element of timelessness.
Designs remind me of a precursor to the designs stemmed from the Bauhaus movement, which also featured strong geometry and popping color palettes. These versatile bad boys are great statement pieces that will withstand the test of time regardless of changing trends in the design field.
The Moroccan rugs have become “the rug of choice” for many interior designers as well as private consumers. They don’t have a long history but are most notable for their dynamic colorful modernist designs as well as for their strong sense of geometric structure (and abstract designs). None so far have been dated to before the mid nineteenth century, when their production began as an adaptation of central and western Turkish rugs, whose repertoire was followed closely by the weavers in Morocco.
The Moroccan rugs are, nevertheless, distinctive in their coloration and in the more block-like geometry of their composition.
Where to buy Vintage Moroccan Rugs?
Nazmiyal Collection has one of the largest collections of vintage Moroccan rugs and carpets that are available to be purchased. We hand pick every single piece and for every carpet we buy, we rejected at least 80. Curating such a comprehensive collection is not easy and quite time consuming.
But the results speak for themselves as we have assembled one of the most impressive collection of the real vintage carpets from Morocco. Brows our collection online before buying and fell free to ask questions or have additional detailed images sent to you before you make your purchase.
Where does Nazmiyal find it’s Moroccan rugs and carpets?
Nazmiyal Collection has sourced its Moroccan wool rug selection from the more isolated areas of the Atlas Mountains searching far and wide for the last true vintage and antique rugs woven by these nomadic tribes. We take pride in the fact that our collection is one of the most comprehensive in the world and contains many of the best original decorative pieces from Morocco. We give all of our love and effort in order to offer you the best pieces available at the best possible value.
Exploring The Making of Moroccan Rugs
Morocco is a beautiful country situated in the northwestern tip of Africa, is famous for its beautiful beaches, traditional music, delectable cuisine, colorful history and most importantly, its stunning hand-woven rugs.
But to Western rug lovers, Morocco means hand-woven tribal rugs, which are highly prized by collectors in the West for their exotic beauty characterized by simplistic patterns and a variety of colors.
Moroccan rugs have been traditionally woven by the indigenous tribal people for use in their home and tents, rather than for decorative purposes. The weavers are almost always untrained and lack any formal artistic training. Owing to this fact, Moroccan rugs have a distinct primitivism about them, providing them with an almost childlike charm to them. It is truly the power of their simplicity and their beauty that makes them so appealing.
Morocco has about 45 different tribes spread across geographical regions that vary from the cold Atlas Mountains to the hot Sahara desert. Nomadic Moroccans and Berber tribes have been making rugs to use as tent sides, bed coverings, sleeping mats, burial shrouds, saddle blankets, and as a pastime tracing back to many generations ago.
The rugs they make vary from being very thick with a heavy pile to flat woven and light to reflect the climate of the region they inhabit.
Since the designs are usually passed down through the generations in a rug weaving family, each tribe has developed its own distinctive design with varying weaving and embroidery styles. Over the centuries, Moroccan rug weavers have borrowed techniques from all over the Middle East and North Africa. However, they have a few common weaving styles that can be divided into three categories:
1. Knotted – To weave a knotted rug, a secure base is first created by laying a few rows of weft threads across the warp. A weft yarn is then slipped around the warp, catching at least two warp threads, and the extra length is knotted across the width of the textile. A knotted pile rug is warm because it is fluffy and traps air between the yarns.
2. Flat weave – Flat weave rugs have no knots, so they are thinner and may feature more intricate designs. This process involves lacing strands of weft year in and year out of the warp threads and beating them down to make a close, even textile. This techniques is widely used by the nomadic tribes that live in the Sahara desert. One primitive style that is well-knows is the Oued Zem, which is characterized by bright colors and toy, animal or household motifs.
3. Weft substitution – This is a variation of flat weave that involves creating complicated patterns from the back of a loom using different colored weft threads. The color variation allows the weaver to build elaborate designs. Weft substitution is actually a descriptive term, as the technique has no specific name and is often confused with tapestry and similar weaving styles.
Unlike other antique oriental rugs that have elegant designs consisting of intricate patterns and motifs, Moroccan hand-woven tribal rugs have a more subtle elegance about them. Yet, it is the simplicity in design often found in these rugs that help them fit in wonderfully with modern decor.
This unique quality combined with affordable pricing is the reason vintage and antique Moroccan rugs continue to remain popular with rug lovers and collectors today!