Named after the desert wind that rolls from the Sahara into Morocco, this plush vintage rug is hand-woven by the Imazighen women of the Azilal province with the natural wool fibers that come from the tribe’s black and white sheep. The pink tinge of the border comes from natural poppy and pomegranate dyes and the color, along with the repeating diamond design, is believed to offer protection against illness and the evil eye.
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
5.5' L, 4.5' W
Vintage, Wool, Good condition