Hand-woven by the Imazighen women of the Azilal province in the mid-Atlas Mountains, this plush monochromatic vintage rug is created with natural wool fibers from the tribe’s black and white sheep. The repeating diamond shapes are rich with symbolism, representing protection against evil, and their unusual design evokes the ridges of the mountains, the walls of the ancient towns and the castles dotted throughout the Atlas region.
In Morocco, each rug tells the tale of its maker. The maellemas (master craftswomen) who weave the rugs use a language of simple geometric shapes to express the stories of their lives, incorporating e...
In Morocco, each rug tells the tale of its maker. The maellemas (master craftswomen) who weave the rugs use a language of simple geometric shapes to express the stories of their lives, incorporating everything from fertility and birth to nature and spirituality. Each rug can take up to a year to complete and there is no such thing as pattern or design. Rather each rug is a spontaneous creative expression, revealing the weaver’s life at that moment. The designs recount daily trials and tribulations, as well as inherited ancestral messages passed down over time. Although each rug is unique, every maellema will incorporate mystical symbolism, known as baraka, into her design to ward off evil and offer protection.
Details and Dimensions
8' L, 5' W
Vintage, Wool, good condition