• Tucked down the side streets of the Souk de Tapis, is the shop of Ismail. Following in the footsteps of the generations before him, Ismail sells Berber carpets woven by the maellemas (master craftswomen) of the Atlas mountains. As each rug is laid out a new story is told. Rich in symbolic meanings, the designs recount the daily life of the maker, from the passing of time to pregnancy and marriage.

Photography by Stantanu Starick

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