Who we are

A husband and wife team, we started Maroc Tribal 10 years ago. We have built a reputation for our personal sourcing of vintage Moroccan rugs, rugs, cushions, kilims and textiles, buying direct from Berber families and in little markets: getting hold of the pieces others can't find. As a speaker of Arabic and the ancient Berber language, Mo travels into the cold Middle Atlas mountains in the North, out on to the warm plains in the south, and up into the mountains further south

Mo sources our lovely rugs in Morocco's Berber villages

Mo sources our lovely rugs in Morocco's Berber villages

Mo ventures into the isolated villages to locate the now 'hard to find' old Moroccan carpets. He keeps clear of the dealers and re-sellers, and avoids Marrakesh, Fez, Essaouira and other commercial souks where new pieces are often sold as old. Our passion is for true Berber rugs woven by women for their own use. We aim to increase awareness of the history of these pieces, and the appreciation of the craft and culture behind them

Authentic Berber rugs are not easy to find now, and we know it may be hard for you to know whether a piece is old, or faked and made to look vintage. We will give you the advantage of our long experience and we advise honestly and openly. We sell online, and don't maintain a showroom so we can offer you the very best value for the most gorgeous rugs and textiles. We ship worldwide from our base in the UK

Berber symbols used in tattoos were often copied in carpets and textiles

Berber symbols used in tattoos were often copied in carpets and textiles

Seeking originality in Moroccan rugs

Original Berber carpets are more rare than they have ever been, since there is only a limited supply. The market is increasingly flooded with copies which are marketed as vintage. Women receive little, making these copies in co-operatives and working to standard designs

The older carpets we find have a soft, supple texture and patina and interesting, complex and fascinating designs. They are full of life and charm. They are individual and draw on the weaver's own life. Designs include symbols and motifs relating to fertility, childbirth and the female form, characters from the ancient Berber alphabet and fine geometric patterns. Their wear speaks of a past life

vintage carpets - A modernist sensibility

We seek the creativity and originality of an old textile which was created with skill and care for personal use in a tribal setting, combining the needs of practical use with the archaic spirit of tribal art

Architects and designers such as Alvar Aalto, Frank Lloyd Wright, Courbusier, Ray and Charles Eames and others used Moroccan beni ouarain carpets to contrast with and complement the clean lines of 20th century interiors

Beauty is the harmony of purpose and form
— Alvar Aalto, 1928

Alvar Aalto Studio with Beni Ouarain carpet

Irregularities are common and unmatched patterns were often created on purpose. Graphic symbols and a sumptuous earthy aura mark out our Moroccan carpets
A bespoke Maroc Tribal carpet with extended lozenge Berber symbols

A bespoke Maroc Tribal carpet with extended lozenge Berber symbols

We sell online, and don't have a showroom so we can offer you the very best value for the most gorgeous rugs and textiles. We ship worldwide from our base in the UK. Please be in touch! 

Contact us at any time on 0044 (0) 1621 782090 or info@maroctribal.com