Vintage Moroccan Berber Rug Striped Looped Pile Large
This is a vintage Moroccan rug, handwoven by Berber women in the 1960ies.
It has a looped pile in natural cream colour palette. It has a striped pattern in coffee brown colour in the middle area.
It has a long size of 370cm and a width of 180cm wide.
It is vintage and in excellent condition.
Artisan Vintage Berber rug
This is a Moroccan Carpet, handwoven by Berber women from the Atlas Mountains.
Its pile of wool is low in height, soft to touch and has allowed texture.
It has a largely plain design with a brown striped design in the middle area, on a natural white wool background. Note the wool is not white but more of a darker white.
This Moroccan rug is handmade by artisan craftswomen from the Berber tribes in the Middle Atlas Mountains. The rug is vintage and in excellent condition.
It has a low pile of wool, which is about 1.5 cm in height and feels very soft under your feet.
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Rug making is a female activity and it forms an integral part of the Berber communities. Knowledge and skills are passed from one generation to the next , from mother to daughter. Skills are acquired by observation and practice and require self discipline.
Middle Atlas Berber rug
Traditionally the vintage Moroccan Berber rugs were made by a group of Berber tribes living in the North Eastern part of the Middle Atlas Mountains.
This area was particularly well suited for raising sheep for the wool used in these rugs. The Beni Ouarain tribes lived a semi nomadic life: moving their flock to the higher mountain areas in spring and returning to the lowland during colder months.
Semi nomadism is still there today although they may move their sheep and goods by truck and live only a portion of the year in tents, returning to permanent houses in winter.
The Middle Atlas area is well know for its quality of rugs which have been produced initially for personal needs. Life was spend on the floor on which various coverings were being laid to serve as bedding, blankets or protection against the stony ground. Because of their everyday use a simple design was preferred above more elaborate and complex decoration.
In this case a looped pile was traditionally chosen and a long relatively narrow size was preferred. This is a sign of a genuine older Berber rug as its initial use would have been to cover the Berber tent floors which where always long and narrow.
Both the vintage as well as the new made Beni Ouarain rugs are handwoven.
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.
This Moroccan Berber rug was handwoven with a very plain design and a simple brown striped pattern in the middle area. it has super wool quality and feels soft tot touch.
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Tribal rugs are made by heart, without any drawing or cartoon to follow. This means the weaver has the freedom to invent the rug while weaving and be the artist of her own creation, instead of ‘simply’ executing a specific drawing or cartoon.
In line with the tradition, the Berber rugs use the Berber knot which is tied in a very specific way to give the rug a flexible handle. This was most compatible with their travelling lifestyle as this makes the rug easy to pack onto an animal and more lightweight than using a Turkish knot.
This vintage Moroccan Berber rug with looped pile has a flexible handle and good weight to it.
However 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 rug 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 delivery costs both ways.
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