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What Is Unique About Moroccan Rugs

Rug weave loom

Many private consumers and interior designers choose Moroccan rugs because of their modernist designs, which are quite colorful and dynamic, and their powerful sense of geometric structure. Although these rugs have a relatively short history, they are notable for their block-like geometry composition and bolder coloration.

Women in remote mountains and plains are usually responsible for crafting the Moroccan rugs using fixed-heddle looms. In spite of their distinctive characteristics, the rugs differ significantly depending on the tribes the women come from. They may be nearly monochrome, have muted tones or richly colorful tones. Other rugs have asymmetrical designs without any borders.

The women may use either plain or dyed white or black sheep's wool. Dying is generally done using plants and other minerals found in the respective regions where weaving takes place. For example, madder is used in the plains to produce brilliant red color while ocher is generally used in the upper regions. The rugs have a wide variety of unique influences and characteristics according to the geography of the country.

Moroccan rug

Moroccan people used their rugs for different purposes, including decorating their houses and adorning themselves. The rugs were used as sleeping mats, bed coverings, saddle blankets and even burial shrouds.

Besides being modernist, Moroccan rugs are simplistic and relatively cheap compared to other vintage or antique rugs. Since the weavers had to move from one place to another, the vintage rugs from Morocco were designed in smaller sizes to make it easy to mount the loom.

The weavers use their own primitive abstractions in crafting each rug. They craft the beautiful rugs by hand, and crafting tends to run in families as the elders pass their techniques to younger family members.

The rugs provide unique and timeless works of art that are very functional in modern homes. Many respectable architects and designers recognized their beauty in modern environments, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Ray Eames.

The dynamic nature of the Moroccan rugs makes them adaptable to changing interior design trends. They can suit the tastes and preferences of different homeowners and designers in many parts of the world. The wide choices of styles and colors have helped the rugs remain popular for the past century. Consumers will get rugs that suit their areas, whether they come from the hot Sahara Desert or Atlas Mountains.


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