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IN ADDITION TO PILED RUGS and flat weaves the Berbers of the Moroccan mountain ranges weave many artifacts for use in their homes. Among the most numerous are rectangular weavings which are folded in half and stitched and then become cushions and pillows. A small opening is left on a long side sufficient for various fillings to be inserted by hand. Bags of all sizes range from the tiny which contain precious items of jewellery, spices or dried fruit to the huge which are filled with grain.

Saddle bags for transport of goods by horse or donkey are common.

Finely woven bags are still made as dowry pieces.

Many items of clothing are woven for daily use or ceremonies and special occasions.

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MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS TENT BAG. The clues to precise origin lie in the particular shades of red, green, purple and orange which are found in the weavings of the Ait Ruig Berbers in the eastern High Atlas. Colour illustrations of a bag and a carpet are shown as Plates 17 and 95 in the authoratitive book "Ait Bou Ichaouen - Weavings of a Nomadic Berber Tribe" by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers. This particular bag would also serve as a cushion. Reference 2623, Size 58 x 32cms. 24 x 13 inches. Euros 115.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS TENT BAG. The clues to precise origin lie in the particular shades of red, green, purple and orange which are found in the weavings of the Ait Ruig Berbers in the eastern High Atlas. Colour illustrations of a bag and a carpet are shown as Plates 17 and 95 in the authoratitive book "Ait Bou Ichaouen - Weavings of a Nomadic Berber Tribe" by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers. This particular bag would also serve as a cushion. Reference 2623, Size 58 x 32cms. 24 x 13 inches. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS TENT BAG. Known as "aalau" which is a squarish, partly piled bag usually woven by Berber women of the Ait Bou Ichaouen in the eastern High Atlas. The bag is given to a daughter prior to marriage and is subsequently used to contain either jewellery or clothing or sometimes ready-spun wool. It is fastened at the top by hand plaited rope which passes through a line of slits. This piece has been opened out and when in use would be folded in half and both sides joined together. The tassels at the midway stage would then hang down. The top row consists of an interesting design of 5 Berber tents. Weaving of this type is well described in "Ait Bou Ichaouen-Weaving of a Nomadic Berber Tribe" by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers. It is a fascinating and collectable piece. Reference 2620. Size opened out 84 x 56cms. 2ft.9in. x 1ft.10in. Euros 170.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS TENT BAG. Known as "aalau" which is a squarish, partly piled bag usually woven by Berber women of the Ait Bou Ichaouen in the eastern High Atlas. The bag is given to a daughter prior to marriage and is subsequently used to contain either jewellery or clothing or sometimes ready-spun wool. It is fastened at the top by hand plaited rope which passes through a line of slits. This piece has been opened out and when in use would be folded in half and both sides joined together. The tassels at the midway stage would then hang down. The top row consists of an interesting design of 5 Berber tents. Weaving of this type is well described in "Ait Bou Ichaouen-Weaving of a Nomadic Berber Tribe" by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers. It is a fascinating and collectable piece. Reference 2620. Size opened out 84 x 56cms. 2ft.9in. x 1ft.10in. REVERSE.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS BAG. Sometimes these bags, known as "aalau" are woven in pairs and used as a gift from the bride's mother to her daughter and son-in-law. It is the work of the Ait Bou Ichaouen Berbers of the far east High Atlas. It is old and in great condition with original tassels, overcasting and handle. It was probably subsequently used to store jewellery and precious items. The design is of repeated Berber fertility symbols. Reference 2624. Size 37 x 36cms. 1ft.2in.square. Euros 110.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS BAG. Sometimes these bags, known as "aalau" are woven in pairs and used as a gift from the bride's mother to her daughter and son-in-law. It is the work of the Ait Bou Ichaouen Berbers of the far east High Atlas. It is old and in great condition with original tassels, overcasting and handle. It was probably subsequently used to store jewellery and precious items. The design is of repeated Berber fertility symbols. Reference 2624. Size 37 x 36cms. 1ft.2in.square. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER TEXTILE. The winters of the eastern High Atlas are bitter. Hunters and shepherds wear these trousers which are knitted by the Berber men of the Ayt Oumalou group. They also knit protective hats and waist coats and use the same undyed hand spun wool as that used for their rugs. References in the literature are rare, however their is a similar example and good information in the text book "North African Textiles" on page 117. These will be an interesting addition to a collection of Berber textiles. Reference 2766. 150 cms. long. Euros 240.

MOROCCAN BERBER TEXTILE. The winters of the eastern High Atlas are bitter. Hunters and shepherds wear these trousers which are knitted by the Berber men of the Ayt Oumalou group. They also knit protective hats and waist coats and use the same undyed hand spun wool as that used for their rugs. References in the literature are rare, however their is a similar example and good information in the text book "North African Textiles" on page 117. These will be an interesting addition to a collection of Berber textiles. Reference 2766. 150 cms. long. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER TENT BAG/PILLOW. The weaving of Berbers in Boujad in the Middle Atlas is often eccentric and it shows in the construction of this old pillow. The rare piled front section is tied with the Berber knot while the reverse is a contrasting display of simple coloured rows. There is an inscription in the centre. Reference 2728. Size 51 x 35 cms., or 20 x 14 ins. Euros 115.

MOROCCAN BERBER TENT BAG/PILLOW. The weaving of Berbers in Boujad in the Middle Atlas is often eccentric and it shows in the construction of this old pillow. The rare piled front section is tied with the Berber knot while the reverse is a contrasting display of simple coloured rows. There is an inscription in the centre. Reference 2728. CLOSE UP OF INSCRIPTION.

MOROCCAN BERBER HOOD. The small size of the portion to cover the head, together with the delicate embroidered designs, suggest that the is a "Bonnet dˇEnfant" for a young girl. The material is cream colored felt with designs and original tassels for fastening in fine cotton. It is quite old but in unblemished condition and may have been kept for ceremonial or special occasion use. Reference 2813. Size 62 x 60 cms., or 24 x 22 ins. Euros 140.

MOROCCAN BERBER HOOD. The small size of the portion to cover the head, together with the delicate embroidered designs, suggest that the is a "Bonnet dˇEnfant" for a young girl. The material is cream colored felt with designs and original tassels for fastening in fine cotton. It is quite old but in unblemished condition and may have been kept for ceremonial or special occasion use. Reference 2813. Size 62 x 60 cms., or 24 x 22 ins. SIDE VIEW.

TUNISIAN BERBER EMBROIDERY which is small, very finely stitched and would have been used as a tray cover. The inner rows of flowers are depictions of long petalled tulips which have been borrowed from Ottoman designs. The background is very fine white linen. Reference 2815. Size 33 x 50 cms., or 13 x 20 ins. Euros 48.

TUNISIAN BERBER EMBROIDERY which is small, very finely stitched and would have been used as a tray cover. The inner rows of flowers are depictions of long petalled tulips which have been borrowed from Ottoman designs. The background is very fine white linen. Reference 2815. CLOSE UP.

BERBER HIGH ATLAS TENT BAG which is the very fine work of the little known Ait bou Ichaouen Berbers in the eastern High Atlas Mountains which lie close to the border wth Algeria. There are at least ten major variations of flat weave techniques used by this Berber tribe which is extraordinary considering the primiive nature of both geography and lifestyle which prevail. Fortunately the weaving of both flatweaves and piled rugs was researched and documented in the book "Ait bou Ichaouen" by the husband and wife team of Alfred and Susanne Saulniers. This fine bag was probably one of a pair and given as a dowry gift. The small narrow opening along the top edge is just big enough to allow a hand to put items inside for storage. The design on the front is a lattice of hand tied knots. Reference 2820. Size 13 x 29 inches. Euros 190.

BERBER HIGH ATLAS TENT BAG which is the very fine work of the little known Ait bou Ichaouen Berbers in the eastern High Atlas Mountains which lie close to the border wth Algeria. There are at least ten major variations of flat weave techniques used by this Berber tribe which is extraordinary considering the primiive nature of both geography and lifestyle which prevail. Fortunately the weaving of both flatweaves and piled rugs was researched and documented in the book "Ait bou Ichaouen" by the husband and wife team of Alfred and Susanne Saulniers. This fine bag was probably one of a pair and given as a dowry gift. The small narrow opening along the top edge is just big enough to allow a hand to put items inside for storage. The design on the front is a lattice of hand tied knots. Reference 2820. Size 13 x 29 inches. REVERSE.