Moroccan berber rugs / carpets are valid ancestral mats completely hand-woven by ladies of the Beni Ouarain, and other neighboring Berber clans, Azilal and other areas in the North-Eastern Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Winter is harsh in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains where the most reduced temperatures in Africa are watched. To shield themselves from the cold, Beni Ouarain clans, who lived in customary tents, had no option other than to deliver thick fleece floor coverings to protect themselves from an unfriendly domain.
Moroccan Berber Rugs
Azilal rugs are works where every peasant woman of Azilal region tells her story. Rural life, motherhood and childbirth are patterns’ main topics. Actually , weavers appropriate tribal signs of their ancestors to express their wedding, pregnancy and daily lives.
These berber rugs were not woven for commercial or profit-making purpose, but only for home use to cope with the rough high Atlas cold. Currently, in Western countries, in addition to Azilals’ regular use as rugs, they are widely introduced in interior decoration as beautiful wall ornaments or design elements.
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Fruits of weavers’ imagination and genuine works of art, comparable to abstract paintings, Azilal rugs are rare and were almost unknown in the market until the years 90. From Paris to USA and Tokyo, many galleries exhibit Azilal rugs as works of art. Their originality and immense strength in terms of graphics have deeply inspired artists such as Matisse, Paul Klee and Le Corbusier.