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I specialise in Moroccan rugs and textiles and, as I live in the southern tip of Spain and Morocco is only a 35 minute ferry ride away, am able to share my time between the two countries.

 

The pieces on these pages are all in stock in my  studio  in Spain. I work closely and frequently with major warehouses in Morocco itself and can therefore find you virtually any rug by colour, size and design from the 1,000’s of pieces available.

 

If you would like to use this service please contact me with your requirements and I will work closely with you to provide a short list with photos, sizes and details. These pieces will be shipped direct from Morocco.

 

Lloyd Rowcroft

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MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG A very old, soft and supple rug from the part of the High Atlas which extends from east of Marrakech to the Algerian border. Although classified as Azilal it is probably from one of the outlying villages. The use of deep crimson and saffron yellow to highlight the squares is very attractive. Reference 2564. Size 107 x 79cms. 3ft.6in. x 2ft.7in. Euros 400.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG A very old, soft and supple rug from the part of the High Atlas which extends from east of Marrakech to the Algerian border. Although classified as Azilal it is probably from one of the outlying villages. The use of deep crimson and saffron yellow to highlight the squares is very attractive. Reference 2564. Size 107 x 79cms. 3ft.6in. x 2ft.7in. CLOSE UP.

Buying old rugs in the Medina in Marrakech.

An old fort near the town of Sidi Mokhtar is used as a collection point and co-operative for rugs woven in homes in the surrounding villages. Sometimes - with luck - a few old pieces are still available.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. An example from the Djebel Siroua region south of the High Atlas. The lustrous hand spun wools are either undyed or dyed with henna. A similar piece can be seen in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" on plate 45 and "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" by Pickering, Yohe et al on plate 58. Reference 2077. Size 290 x 145cms. 9ft.6in.x 4ft.9in. Euros 1450.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. An example from the Djebel Siroua region south of the High Atlas. The lustrous hand spun wools are either undyed or dyed with henna. A similar piece can be seen in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" on plate 44 and "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" by Pickering, Yohe et al on plate 58. Reference 2077. Size 290 x 145cms. 9ft.6in.x4ft.9in. Close up

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER BAG / PILLOW which is from the region of Marmoucher and is a very old, soft and supple example. The design is extremely intricate and fine on both front and back. The portrayal of 3 rows of flowers on the face are knotted in mercerised cotton and there are 2 embroidered panels in the centre medallions which are silk. This is in perfect condition. Reference 2638. Size 80 x 39cms. 2ft.8in. x 1ft.3in. Euros 210.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER BAG / PILLOW which is from the region of Marmoucher and is a very old, soft and supple example. The design is extremely intricate and fine on both front and back. The portrayal of 3 rows of flowers on the face are knotted in mercerised cotton and there are 2 embroidered panels in the centre medallions which are silk. This is in perfect condition. Reference 2638. Size 80 x 39cms. 2ft.8in. x 1ft.3in. Euros 210. BACK.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER RUG with a simplistic and pleasing large lattice design. It is quite an old piece from the region of Azilal and is in excellent condition. The wools are soft, lustrous and silky. Rugs from this region are well described in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" from page 96-105 and several different portrayals of this design are featured in the colour plates. Reference 2569. Size 174 x 96cms. 5ft.8in. x 3ft.2in. Euros 395.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER RUG with a simplistic and pleasing large lattice design. It is quite an old piece from the region of Azilal and is in excellent condition. The wools are soft, lustrous and silky. Rugs from this region are well described in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" from page 96-105 and several different portrayals of this design are featured in the colour plates. Reference 2569. Size 174 x 96cms. 5ft.8in. x 3ft.2in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER BAG / PILLOW from the Ait Arfa sub-group. The designs are crisp and clear and accentuated by the use of fine white cotton. It has been in use but is still in excellent condition. There is good information on Berber work of this type, with colour illustrations in "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" from page 106-111. Reference 2639. Size 64 x 34cms. 2ft.1in. x 1ft.2in. Euros 160.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER BAG / PILLOW from the Ait Arfa sub-group. The designs are crisp and clear and accentuated by the use of fine white cotton. It has been in use but is still in excellent condition. There is good information on Berber work of this type, with colour illustrations in "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" from page 106-111. Reference 2639. Size 64 x 34cms. 2ft.1in. x 1ft.2in. Euros 160. CLOSE UP OF BACK.

MOROCCAN BERBER MAN'S CAPE. Hand woven from undyed, hand spun wool. This is the work of Berbers in the region of Marmoucher in the Middle Atlas mountains and would have been used by a Berber man, probably a shepherd, for protection against the biting winter cold. These capes are known as "jilaba" and there is good information with colour photos in "Splendeurs du Maroc" pages 155 and 197 and also "North African Textiles" on page 86. This example has very fine and detailed design incorporated in the weave. Reference 2605. Size 160cms. high x 95cms. opened at bottom. 5ft.8in. x 3ft.2in. Euros 390.

MOROCCAN BERBER MAN'S CAPE. Hand woven from undyed, hand spun wool. This is the work of Berbers in the region of Marmoucher in the Middle Atlas mountains and would have been used by a Berber man, probably a shepherd, for protection against the biting winter cold. These capes are known as "jilaba" and there is good information with colour photos in "Splendeurs du Maroc" pages 155 and 197 and also "North African Textiles" on page 86. This example has very fine and detailed design incorporated in the weave. Reference 2605. Size 160cms. high x 95cms. opened at bottom. 5ft.8in. x 3ft.2in. DETAIL OF HOOD.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CARPET. This is from the Beni Mguild group of the Middle Atlas range. The subtle shades range from purplish and brownish reds through to terracotta and deep madder. The use of different shades of one general colour is often found in old weavings from the Beni Mguild tribe and several examples can be seen in "Marokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 126. The piece is in excellent condition. Ref. 2120. Size 257 x 198 cms. 8'5" x 6'6". Euros 940. .

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CARPET. This is from the Beni Mguild group of the Middle Atlas range. The subtle shades range from purplish and brownish reds through to terracotta and deep madder. The use of different shades of one general colour is often found in old weavings from the Beni Mguild tribe and several examples can be seen in "Marokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 126. The piece is in excellent condition. Ref. 2120. Size 257 x 198 cms. 8'5" x 6'6". CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS KILIM / FLAT WEAVE This soft, supple, hand woven piece is made entirely of Berber wool. Such pieces are multi functional and can be used for bedding or as curtains or even as capes to be worn in the cold of the Middle Atlas winter. The structure and designs are those found in the region of Zemmour. There is good information and colour illustrations of Zemmour flat weaves in "Marokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 137. Flat weaves from this region are also well documented in "Arts and Crafts of Morocco" from page 41. Reference 2613. Size 267 x 162cms. 8ft.9in. x 5ft.4in. Euros 490.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS KILIM / FLAT WEAVE This soft, supple, hand woven piece is made entirely of Berber wool. Such pieces are multi functional and can be used for bedding or as curtains or even as capes to be worn in the cold of the Middle Atlas winter. The structure and designs are those found in the region of Zemmour. There is good information and colour illustrations of Zemmour flat weaves in "Marokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 137. Flat weaves from this region are also well documented in "Arts and Crafts of Morocco" from page 41. Reference 2613. Size 267 x 162cms. 8ft.9in. x 5ft.4in. CLOSE UP

DOUBLE SIDED MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS RUG The technique of weaving double sided rugs almost always originates from the Beni M'guild Berber tribe. The rich lustrous tan colour of one side is offset by the deep butter yellow reverse side and makes a very attractive versatile rug which is in excellent condition. Reference 2570. Size 175 x 110cms. 5ft.9in. x 3ft.8in. Euros 580.

DOUBLE SIDED MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS RUG The technique of weaving double sided rugs almost always originates from the Beni M'guild Berber tribe. The rich lustrous tan colour of one side is offset by the deep butter yellow reverse side and makes a very attractive versatile rug which is in excellent condition. Reference 2570. Size 175 x 110cms. 5ft.9in. x 3ft.8in. CLOSE UP SHOWS BOTH SIDES.

MOROCCAN BERBER BAG. This shape of bag with its long integrated handle was woven by Berbers in the Ait Ouaouzguite region of the Djebel Siroua which lies between the High and Anti Atlas ranges south of Marrakech. Ref. 1933. Size 177 x 27cms. 5ft.10in. x 1ft. Euros 120.

MOROCCAN BERBER BAG. This shape of bag with its long integrated handle was woven by Berbers in the Ait Ouaouzguite region of the Djebel Siroua which lies between the High and Anti Atlas ranges south of Marrakech. Ref. 1933. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER BENI OURAIN rug from the Middle Atlas mountain range. The long lustrous pile has weight and therefore warmth and simplistic rugs like these are often used for sleeping covers. The wools are undyed and the design is of a simple lattice. Although it has some age it is complete with original sides and ends and in perfect condition. Reference 2632. Size 242 x 164cms. 8ft. x 5ft.5in. Euros 880.

MOROCCAN BERBER BENI OURAIN rug from the Middle Atlas mountain range. The long lustrous pile has weight and therefore warmth and simplistic rugs like these are often used for sleeping covers. The wools are undyed and the design is of a simple lattice. Although it has some age it is complete with original sides and ends and in perfect condition. Reference 2632. Size 242 x 164cms. 8ft. x 5ft.5in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CUSHION / PILLOW Pieces of this type serve as daytime cushions and night time pillows in many Berber dwellings. Most are from the region of Zeymour in the Middle Atlas and have a kilim foundation upon which embroidered designs are added. This is a particularly good example. It is old and could well have been part of a dowry. Reference 2572. Size 82 x 37cms. 2ft.8in. x 1ft.3in. Euros 115.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CUSHION / PILLOW Pieces of this type serve as daytime cushions and night time pillows in many Berber dwellings. Most are from the region of Zeymour in the Middle Atlas and have a kilim foundation upon which embroidered designs are added. This is a particularly good example. It is old and could well have been part of a dowry. Reference 2572. Size 82 x 37cms. 2ft.8in. x 1ft.3in. REVERSE.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG East of Marrakech in the foothills of the High Atlas lies the town of Azilal. It is a gathering point for rugs such as this from dozens of surrounding rural villages. The weaver has portrayed two large "eyes" which are good luck charms and dominate the additional motifs such as flowers and trees. It is an old piece in excellent condition and is soft and lustrous. Its square shape means it is very versatile. Reference 2567. Size 163 x 140cms. 5ft.4in. x 4ft.7in. Euros 560.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG East of Marrakech in the foothills of the High Atlas lies the town of Azilal. It is a gathering point for rugs such as this from dozens of surrounding rural villages. The weaver has portrayed two large "eyes" which are good luck charms and dominate the additional motifs such as flowers and trees. It is an old piece in excellent condition and is soft and lustrous. Its square shape means it is very versatile. Reference 2567. Size 163 x 140cms. 5ft.4in. x 4ft.7in. CLOSE UP.

RARE MOROCCAN BERBER SHOES dating from the first half of the 20th century and which are hand made from camel leather. The embroidery is hand stitched silk. They would have been used for ceremonial or important occasions. They were not for daily wear. They are from a Berber group in the Djebel Siroua region of the High Atlas pre-Sahara in southern Morocco. Two similar pairs can be seen in "Spendeurs of Maroc" published by Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale as plates 247 and 248 which are part of a private collection of rare Berber artifacts. Reference 2578. Size 25cms.10ins. long.

RARE MOROCCAN BERBER SHOES dating from the first half of the 20th century and which are hand made from camel leather. The embroidery is hand stitched silk. They would have been used for ceremonial or important occasions. They were not for daily wear. They are from a Berber group in the Djebel Siroua region of the High Atlas pre-Sahara in southern Morocco. Two similar pairs can be seen in "Spendeurs of Maroc" published by Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale as plates 247 and 248 which are part of a private collection of rare Berber artifacts. Reference 2578. Size 25cms.10ins. long. Euros 115.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS CARPET. A rare and beautiful piece from the first half of the 20th century. It is in excellent condition, complete in every aspect, with a soft, supple feel and a wide range of pastel shades of natural dyes. Although it is certainly from the High Atlas east of Marrakech precise origin is difficult. The palette suggests the Berber group Ait Bou Ichaouen in the very east towards the Algerian border, but some structural elements, especially the side cords and overcasting are consistent with the Zaouiat Tamga group east of Azilal. Virtually identical work is clearly visible in the carpet shown on pages 96 and 97 of `Maroc - Tapis du Tribus` by Bouilloc, Crouzet et. al. Ref. 2191. Size 372 x 193 cms.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS CARPET. A rare and beautiful piece from the first half of the 20th century. It is in excellent condition, complete in every aspect, with a soft, supple feel and a wide range of pastel shades of natural dyes. Although it is certainly from the High Atlas east of Marrakech precise origin is difficult. The palette suggests the Berber group Ait Bou Ichaouen in the very east towards the Algerian border, but some structural elements, especially the side cords and overcasting are consistent with the Zaouiat Tamga group east of Azilal. Virtually identical work is clearly visible in the carpet shown on pages 90 and 91 of `Maroc - Tapis du Tribus` by Bouilloc, Crouzet et. al. Ref. 2191. Size 372 x 193 cms, 12ft 3ins x 6ft 4ins, Euros 2,450.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS FLAT WEAVE. A superb old example which dates from the middle 20th century and is from the Ait Youssi Berber group. Large flat weaves are known as `Hanbels`and are multi functional inside a Berber hut or tent. They serve as seating for large groups, curtains and covers for communal family sleeping at night. The embroidered designs which cover the surface are intricate and well balanced. An older saddle cover with simliar designs and overall appearance is shown in `Marokko` by Kurt Rainer on page 135. Ref. 2190. Size 338 x 177 cms. 11ft. x 5ft.10in. Closeup

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS FLAT WEAVE. A superb old example which dates from the middle 20th century and is from the Ait Youssi Berber group. Large flat weaves are known as `Hanbels`and are multi functional inside a Berber hut or tent. They serve as seating for large groups, curtains and covers for communal family sleeping at night. The embroidered designs which cover the surface are intricate and well balanced. An older saddle cover with simliar designs and overall appearance is shown in `Marokko` by Kurt Rainer on page 135. Ref. 2190. Size 338 x 177 cms. 11ft. x 5ft.10in. Euros 960.

BERBER ANTIQUE WOODEN BOWL In the pre Sahara region of southern Morocco wood is a precious commodity. Bowls are hand carved from a piece of solid hardwood and their ultimate shape indicates their use. There are ladles, spoons, bowls with lids for honey and round and square trays. There is a section in "Splendeurs du Maroc" pages 64 and 65 that illustrates several items. This large bowl is to store camel milk. It is complete with original camel leather rope. Reference 2575. Size 17cms. 7ins. high. Euros 82.

CLOSE UP shows the two different types of beating combs.

MOROCCAN CARPET BEATING COMBS two types of these primitive hand crafted wood and metal beating combs are used throughout Morocco in all the villages and tribal areas. Combs with long teeth tend to be used for the coarser rugs while those with a flat metal plate, from which smaller, finer teeth protrude, are used for finer rugs and kilims. For the rug enthusiast they make wonderful evocative paper weights. All are very old or antique. "Splendeurs du Maroc", ` - Musee Royal de l`Afrique Centrale, 1998- page 89 has similar examples and extensive information. References 1935 - 1944, Euros 35 each.