When you see and feel these rugs, you will well note what the term Berber “really” means. From the Berber tribes of North Africa comes a yarn spinning process that has been copied worldwide for decades. Our feeling is that true Moroccan rugs are made in Morocco and truly embody the Berber “spirit” of rug making.
While there are many types of Moroccan rugs, our concentration is with the styles such as Jaspé clear, Ifrane, Taznacht, and Beniourraine.
Rabat is the name we’ve given to our Jaspé rug. Rabat is all about the Berber traditional hand spun yarn. It is a rug as thick, earthy, warm and comfortable as any made on this globe. When one sees Rabat, it is only then they really understand what the term “Berber” is really about!
Ifrane rugs are our “tip of the hat” to these wildly popular rugs of the 1960’s and 70’s. Not quite as thick as Rabat yet wonderfully textured, they feature Aztec Indian influenced geometric design utilizing wonderful blends of earth tones on natural white as well as vibrant oranges, sage greens, royal blues and antique gold shades.
Taznacht rugs are very similar in pattern and color to our Ifrane rugs, but are woven much flatter with less texture.
Finally, we take great pleasure in re-introducing the Beniourraine rug to the American market. This “shaggy” Moroccan is a soft, heavily textured rug inspired by the cottage patterns of artisans from the Mid-Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Our friend, Abdelilah, a Berber himself and member of good standing of the Moroccan rug council, helped us develop this program and to keep it as an authentic representation of the Beniourraine tradition. We show several patterns in our collection but, as with our other offerings from Morocco, these rugs can be made to size, color and design, generally taking about eight weeks to produce.
A Jaspe’ rug utilizing traditional, hand-spun yarn has a density like no other rug in the world. Rabat is thick, earthy, warm and comfortable. One has to feel Rabat as much as see it to fully appreciate what it is about.
Hand-knotted Marrakech is made from a machine spun Berber yarn.
The 232 Bis pattern is from the Ifrane Collection, which is a collection of Aztec influenced patterns that were vastly popular in the 1960’s era.