Moroccan Handwoven Berber Runner
This vintage Moroccan runner is handwoven by Berber women.
It is handmade with mixed materials of wool, cotton and synthetic fibres.
It is vintage and in excellent condition.
This Berber runner has a medium size of 85x220cm.
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This colourful Berber runner is a boucherouite carpet.
Boucherouite rugs or rag rugs are a relatively new style of Moroccan rugs. They are made out of diverse materials like synthetic fibres, scrapes of old clothes, cotton,….
Around 1960 Morocco shifted to a more urban society and some areas started to move away from farming and cattle breeding. Wool and goat hair as a primary source for making carpets, became rarer.
This coupled with the constant domestic demand for rugs to meet family needs such as setting up new households or replacing worn weavings led weavers to improvise. They started using recycled materials like scraps of old cloth and synthetic fibres or they buy pullovers sold as second hand in the local souk and unravel them to make a new piece.
Soon it became clearer that the changes had gone much deeper than just switching from animal materials like wool and goat hair to non-animal materials! The patterns, colours and general look and feel of the rugs were also affected.
The new generation of weavers started to invent new patterns, colours and motifs and moved away from just using the traditional shapes their parents thought them.
This means that every rag rug is not only a truly unique piece of art but also highly personalised through the weavers choice of materials, colours and motifs.
This Moroccan Boucherouite runner is handwoven by artisan weavers.
Typical for handmade rugs is that they do not necessarily have perfect symmetrical designs. They have imperfections in design and this is also part of the charm of handwoven rugs and what makes every rug unique.
In this case the rug is handwoven with a large lozenge geometric design in blue yellow and brown.
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This Moroccan Boucherouite runner is a piece of folk art!
Rug making is a female activity and it forms an integral part of the Berber communities.
Knowledge and skills are passed on from one generation to the next , from mother to daughter. Skills are acquired by observation and practice and require self discipline.
Size and shape
This Moroccan Boucherouite runner has a size of 85cm wide and 220cm long.
If you are in doubt about what size you ideally need, please find here some guidelines to help you make the right decision.
Materials and texture
This Moroccan Boucherouite runner is handwoven with a flexible handle and mixed materials of cotton, synthetic fibres and some wool.
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This Moroccan boucherouite runner is handwoven in the 1980ies.
It has a low height pile and is handmade with mixed materials and soft to touch.
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This Moroccan Berber runner has a good weight to it and flexible handle.
Depending on the underfloor you may wish to add an underlay.
“Underlay makes SUCH a difference not only in keeping the rug in place but also in making it feel much nicer to walk on.”
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Maintaining and caring for your rug
This Moroccan Berber runner is relatively low maintenance and only requires and occasional vacuum clean.
It is best to vacuum it on a lower setting and make sure you also do the reverse now and then as just as much dust accumulates there, as on the front.
Furthermore, it is sensible to give your rug a good shake outside every couple of months.
The quicker you deal with spills, the less chance there is of it staining.
The effective way to treat a spill, for example red wine, is to apply water to begin with to dilute the stain, followed by mopping it with a kitchen towel straight away.
Start from the outside of the stain and work inwards to limit the affected area, but do not rub the stain as this can damage the yarn. Once a carpet gets wet, it is important to dry it out thoroughly afterwards, to prevent the wool from rotting.
Don’t use any bleach or chemical treatments as they might take the stain out, but leave a white stain instead.
When in doubt, professional carpet cleaning will always remain the best choice. If you need advice on this, pleased get in touch.
Delivery and returns
Your online order will be dispatched with UPS within 5 working days. Worldwide shipping is available with a small surplus for remote areas.
You will receive a tracking number once your rug is on its way with a link to track your order.
If you are unhappy about your purchase, for whatever reason, you can return your item within 2 days of receiving your order for a full refund, minus postage costs both ways.
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