interior decoration, Moroccan rug

Skill of the Amazigh women

Berber Art

The design of Berber carpets have made their mark in the world of interior design. A real art. Today, with the success of Moroccan carpets and the increased demand for manufacturing, this has a direct impact on local populations, which gives a positive impact on the life of the artist and that of his family. By perpetuating the traditional handmade manufacture of rugs, this makes it possible to support the economy of the country and reinforce both their social status while allowing to perpetuate ancestral traditions.

A traditional Berber rug is hand woven by tribal members that hand down their colour combinations and patterns from generation to generation. These rugs have been used in Moroccan tribal homes for centuries. The rugs come in abundant colors and designs that range from neutral and subtle to bright and stunning. Purchasing such a rug is an investment that is best protected through proper care.

Each rug creation requires hours and hours of long work.

The carpets are made from many different tribes of Morocco like the Beni Ouarain tribe or the Boujaad tribe but they have all the same particularity to come from the Atlas mountains. They use the wool of their sheep, a sheep of a small and robust breed. The art of weaving is transmitted from mother to daughter, which is why these carpets are made by women.

The patterns also have their own history and reflect the life of the weaver as most of these women can’t read and write. The subjects are talking about religion, nature, birth or fertility. Some reasons would be protection against misfortune.

When you own a Berber carpet, it is inevitably the berber soul that is found in your home.

The process

It begins with the choice of wool. Artisans choose their sheep in the mountains and mow them. The wool is then washed to remove any residue. Then comes hand spinning: the artisans weave the wool to make yarns made of 100% wool, and then weave them. Then, the carpets are knotted to create density, before dying geometric patterns so special and unique to every Berber carpets. Each piece is uniquely one of a kind.
The final step is cutting and trimming, using special scissors to ensure that it is of standard length. Before sending the carpets to the customers, the craftswomen wash and dry them several times, in order to harden them then soften, then the last drying is done naturally in the sun.

As you can see, the manufacture of Berber carpets is very special and the result is a work of art and patience. A unique piece, full of history and emotions that you will never find somewhere else.

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