how we find the best vintage carpets

A husband and wife team, we started Maroc Tribal 10 years ago. and specialise in careful personal sourcing of truly authentic vintage Moroccan rugs, cushions, kilim rugs and tribal textiles that originate in rural areas

We buy direct from Berber families and in little village markets. We are transparent and trustworthy and get the old pieces others simply can't find. As a speaker of Arabic and the ancient Berber language who grew up in Morocco, 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 to find rare and unusual rugs

  Mo sources the loveliest original rugs in Morocco's Berber villages

Mo sources the loveliest original rugs in Morocco's Berber villages

I’m loving my new rug! It’s been an absolute pleasure

Our passion is for old Berber rugs woven by women for their own use - we know these rugs very well from many years of personal experience and growing up in Morocco, and only offer original and authentic pieces. Mo keeps clear of the dealers and re-sellers of Marrakesh, Fez, Essaouira and other commercial souks where new pieces are often sold as old and the term 'vintage' is loosely bandied about

Love my runner ! It’s super quality and just the most beautiful colours

Authentic Berber rugs are not easy to find, and it may be hard for you to know whether a piece is old or genuine. Our rugs have our personal guarantee of origin. We will give you the advantage of our deep experience. We sell online, and don't maintain a showroom so we can offer you the very best value for the most gorgeous eclectic mix of rugs and textiles. We ship worldwide from our base in the UK

I bought a rug from you and it’s still in pride of place and I still love it - and I am looking for a second
  Berber symbols used in tattoos were often copied in carpets and textiles

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

only original Moroccan rugs

Original Berber carpets are more rare than they have ever been, since there is only a limited supply. The market is flooded with copies which are marketed as vintage. Women receive little, making these copies in cooperatives 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, and use motifs that are lost to today’s weavers. Designs include 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

mid century carpets with a modernist sensibility

We seek the creativity and originality of eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary pieces  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

  Alvar Aalto Studio with Beni Ouarain carpet

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. 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! 

  A bespoke    Maroc Tribal    carpet with extended lozenge Berber symbols

A bespoke Maroc Tribal carpet with extended lozenge Berber symbols

I am already the happy owner of one of your beautiful beni ouarain rugs. I am now looking for a small one for my bedroom