In Morocco every carpet tells a story.I loved finding out about the history behind one of Morocco’s most famous exports, the rug! Enjoy a detailed guid about each of the carpets I found there, their story’s, how they’ve been made, what special materials they’ve been used and how they are used in the Moroccan culture.
Akhnif Berber Carpets
Traditionally Berber rugs (also known as Kilims) were made solely by women for use within their own homes, to adorn the floors and be used as seating covers, bed-covers or blankets during the colder months. The rugs are filled with symbolism and often tell a story of the woman who created each piece. Each rug takes up to 30 days to be hand-woven and the design is always completely original.
The rugs were woven by the Berber tribes for their utility, due to Morocco’s distinctive climate. The snow-capped and windswept landscape of the Atlas Mountains called for heavy pile mats and the searing heat of the Sahara inspired lighter flat weave pieces. The tribe are semi-nomadic which has always meant that that the carpets needed to be transportable.
The textile of plain weave is represented by a wide variety of stripes and geometrical patterns such as triangles and diamonds. Additional decorations such as sequins or fringes, are typical of Berber weave in Morocco.Berber carpet is highly durable and stain resistant. They will be a staple in your home for years and years to come.
Sabra Rugs or Cactus Carpets
This beautiful Sabra carpet (pictured above) is made from silk extracted from Moroccan Cacti. They are made from sabra silk, a natural fibre from the aloe Vera cactus plant. The fibres from the plant are woven and dyed into different colours.
The material is well known for having a lovely sheen and they are able to stay warm in the winter and cold in the Summer.
The whole range of styles and colours are now on the website so you can get you experience the wonder and the history of the Moroccan rug.
Camel Wool Carpets
Camel hair yarn, often spun from the wool of the weaver’s own camels are exceptionally soft and, like top quality sheep’s wool, it is very strong and resilient to wear.
Camel hair has been used for thousands of years, traditionally for tents, cloaks and carpets by the Berbers and in other areas where camels were kept. Its high thermostatic properties provide insulation and retains heat.
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