A look at the best exuberant, eclectic vintage Berber rugs

Authentic Moroccan Carpets

The best Moroccan rugs have unique design characteristics, arising from a peasant craft mostly undertaken by women. While the ‘white giants’ such as simple and graphic cream and brown Beni Ouarain carpets have seemingly modernist qualities, many lesser known Moroccan tribes wove rugs with high-energy,  meandering, complex and constantly changing designs in bold, warm, bright and vibrant colours. As time goes by and original  Berber carpets (not the 'quick fixed' and 'aged' rugs which represent so many of the pieces that are now being sold in Morocco) are harder to find, we've been travelling further afield to source wonderfully eclectic and colourful vintage rugs from smaller tribes and unexplored regions. The nature of the bold styles we've been finding is as varied as the different tribes and the women who created the rugs 

In the central and western areas of the Morocco  we found some gloriously characterful rugs from the Chiadma and Boujad regions, as well as Azilal, areas well respected for their carpet producing tribes. These carpets display all the liveliness and intriguing design that is slowly being lost in some Berber art

Berber rug culture

Primarily created for domestic use, rather than for sale (as the most beautiful Berber rugs are!) and woven not only in wool but also in mixed fibres - cotton, man-made yarns, recycled textiles - these are impressive and one of a kind rugs that look back to a time when women produced carpets for their own families in self supporting Berber cultures. The long, rectangular shapes of some of our new collection show they were probably woven as sleeping mats for a semi-nomadic lifestyle. We often imagine the colour and beauty such carefully created rugs would have bought to what might have been a pretty simple rural life

Two long exuberant and complex vintage sleeping carpets from  our collection

Two long exuberant and complex vintage sleeping carpets from our collection

eclectic symbols and designs

Today, and in our own homes, Moroccan rugs like these can give an opportunity to create and authentic eclectic style that is characterised by a multitude of fabrics, patterns, and art items and they offer the opportunity to deploy unexpected use of materials and colour, and juxtapose rough with glossy; traditional with modern, light with dark

A abstract Berber rug in Los Angeles home of designer Liseanne Frankfurt

A abstract Berber rug in Los Angeles home of designer Liseanne Frankfurt

The rugs in our hand picked selection also enable you to connect to traditional, rural and natural tradition of Berber craft. Their seemingly eclectic symbols and designs are very much part of the rural culture and landscape that created them, with narratives and intense and vivid colours drawn from Berber women's beliefs and customs

Symbols seen in Berber facial tattoos and decorations are seen in the rugs these women wove.

Some of our new finds fascinate us again and again by their surprising spontaneity and freedom of design, as the weaver incorporated into her work her own intuitions and imagination in wildly expressive in execution.

Bursting with creativity, this vintage runner exhibits all that we love about Berber rugs

Bursting with creativity, this vintage runner exhibits all that we love about Berber rugs

We will adding rugs regularly to this vibrant collection. Just keep an eye on the website or be in contact to see what we have in our yet to be released inventory. 

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