The Rugs

We offer a constantly changing collection of vintage rugs from different parts of Morocco, made using traditional weaving techniques.

Boucherouite

Boucherouite rugs are hand-woven by the Berbers in the Moroccan mountains. Each rug is uniquely woven with recycled materials, such as cotton and wool waste, giving the rugs a colourful style of patterning not seen in other traditional Arabic rugs. Boucherouite or Boucherwit, from Moroccan Arabic words bu sherwit, means ‘a piece torn from pre-used clothing’, or ‘scrap’. This weaving method has actually been used in the northern parts of Scandinavia as well, but their less exotic expression has made them less exciting to the European market.

See our Boucherouite here.

Azilal

Not until the1990s did the wider world learn of Azilal rugs, the textiles woven by Imazighen women of the Azilal province in the Moroccan region of Tadla-Azilal in the Atlas Mountains. Their artistic abstract rugs were created for personal domestic use and not for sale in the local Berber rug markets. Moroccan carpet connoisseurs appreciate this avant-garde style of weaving as pure art. These 20th century carpets are one-of-a-kind, woven from dyed and un-dyed sheep’s wool. Ranging from colourful loose patterns to perfectly neutral ivory and ebony diamond lattice designs, they are an interesting alternative to a Beni Ourain carpet.

See our Azilal products here.

Beni Qurain

Beni Qurain carpets were originally woven by the Beni Ourain tribe for use as bedding. Our one-of-a- kind pile carpets are hand-woven from the long curly wool of an ancient breed of Berber sheep. From the eighth to the twentieth century, the nomadic Berbers lived in remote region in the Middle Atlas Mountains of North Africa, secluded from the influence of Arab aesthetics. As a result of the centuries of cultural isolation, the Beni Ourain tribe carpets represent a pure strain of abstract magical utilitarian art that was created to protect the human spirit from negative energy, and to protect the human body from the elements.

In the early 20th century, with the conscious inception of Western abstract art, Beni Ourain carpets began to be appreciated and incorporated into interiors by visionary designers such as Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Aalto, Ruby Ross Wood and Frances Elkins. The subdued yet bold presence of a Beni Ourain tribal carpet blends beautifully with the clean lines of modern furniture and architecture.

See our Beni Ourain products here.