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LARGE AND XL CARPETS. RUGS AND CARPETS WOVEN TO ORDER. 1.

HERE YOU WILL FIND carpets longer than 275cms. or 9ft.  Widths will vary.

If you would like extra large in length and width I can have woven carpets up to 6 x 4 metres or 19ft.6in. x 13ft. I will work closely with you on size, colours and designs and provide firm quotations with shipping costs. Some examples of rugs already woven and shipped to clients are shown.

I can also have woven to order rugs of smaller sizes.  We can work together on the design and size or I can copy your rug from a photograph.

Please send any questions or enquiries to me at ldrowcroft@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 1650.

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 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 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. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. Early 20th century carpet from Ait Ouaouzguite in the Djebel Siroua which is the region between the High and the Anti Atlas. Some of the wool is undyed and the colours include henna, saffron and indigo. Similar pieces can be seen in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" plate 43, and "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" plate 59. Reference 2071. Size 275 x 145 cms., 9ft. x 4ft.9in. Euros 1580.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. Early 20th century carpet from Ait Ouaouzguite in the Djebel Siroua which is the region between the High and the Anti Atlas. Some of the wool is undyed and the colours include henna, saffron and indigo. Similar pieces can be seen in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" plate 43, and "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" plate 59. Reference 2071. Size 275 x 145 cms., 9ft. x 4ft.9in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS OLD CARPET. The Ait Sgougou Berber group is a small tribe who live in the Middle Atlas mountains between the weaving areas of Mrirt and Oulmes. Their work is distinctive and the dyes used in this piece are typical. There are several small areas in the pile where designs have been incorporated in flat weave and this is a very rare facet. The piece is in excellent condition and the length of pile indicates that it could have been used for warmth as a sleeping rug. It dates from the middle of the last century. There is a very similar example featured as Plate 18 on pages 60 and 61 of "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2125. Size 278 x 150, 9ft 2ins x 5ft. Euros 1,450.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS OLD CARPET. The Ait Sgougou Berber group is a small tribe who live in the Middle Atlas mountains between the weaving areas of Mrirt and Oulmes. Their work is distinctive and the dyes used in this piece are typical. There are several small areas in the pile where designs have been incorporated in flat weave and this is a very rare facet. The piece is in excellent condition and the length of pile indicates that it could have been used for warmth as a sleeping rug. It dates from the middle of the last century. There is a very similar example featured as Plate 18 on pages 60 and 61 of "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2125. Size 278 x 150, 9ft 2ins x 5ft. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. This is an old Berber carpet from the region of Ouarzazate, probably from the Ait Tamasine Berber group. It is in excellent condition and has soft, lustrous hand spun wools. The field is of very dark brown and the designs in white and henna. The narrow borders are often found in this area and pieces with similarities of design and colours can be seen in "Tapis de Tribus" as plates 43 and 44. Reference 2074. Size 295 x 148 cms. 9ft. 8ins. x 4ft. 5ins. Euros 1750.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. This is an old Berber carpet from the region of Ouarzazate, probably from the Ait Tamasine Berber group. It is in excellent condition and has soft, lustrous hand spun wools. The field is of very dark brown and the designs in white and henna. The narrow borders are often found in this area and pieces with similarities of design and colours can be seen in "Tapis de Tribus" as plates 43 and 44. Reference 2074. Size 295 x 148 cms. 9ft. 8ins. x 4ft. 5ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER CARPET. Long carpets like this are rolled during the day and often used as communal sleeping blankets at night for the whole family. This old example is woven from mostly undyed wools with highlights of henna and wild madder. It is from the Ait Youssi group. Ref. 2138. Size 358 x 173 cms, 11ft 9ins x 5ft 8ins, Euros 1,760.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER CARPET. Long carpets like this are rolled during the day and often used as communal sleeping blankets at night for the whole family. This old example is woven from mostly undyed wools with highlights of henna and wild madder. It is from the Ait Youssi group. Ref. 2138. Size 358 x 173 cms, 11ft 9ins x 5ft 8ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CARPET although the diamond lattice design is often used in rugs from the Beni Mguild Berbers in the southern Middle Atlas mountains, it is unusual to find the complexity and fineness shown here. It is also unusual to have small Berber motifs, including birds and the traditional tents portrayed and there are several of these hidden in the design. The traditional Berber knot has been used in this old piece and it is completely intact. A piece with similar attributes is shown as Plate 15 in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" and there is good additional information on the Beni Mguild. Reference 2501. Size 280 x 173cms. 8ft.2in. x 5ft.8in. Euros 1,780.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CARPET although the diamond lattice design is often used in rugs from the Beni Mguild Berbers in the southern Middle Atlas mountains, it is unusual to find the complexity and fineness shown here. It is also unusual to have small Berber motifs, including birds and the traditional tents portrayed and there are several of these hidden in the design. The traditional Berber knot has been used in this old piece and it is completely intact. A piece with similar attributes is shown as Plate 15 in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" and there is good additional information on the Beni Mguild. Reference 2501. Size 280 x 173cms. 8ft.2in. x 5ft.8in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER CARPET. PUBLISHED IN "ORIENTAL RUGS: AN ILLUSTRATED LEXICON OF MOTIFS, MATERIALS AND ORIGINS" by Peter Stone, pages 45/46. The rich vibrant colors are typical of work from the Beni MGuild. The pile is long, and the piece is in excellent condition. The intricate diamond design is found both in the weavings of the Berber Beni M`guild in the Middle Atlas mountains and also their neighbours the Zaine. The design is shown in a carpet on pages 16 and 17 of "Tapis de Tribus" Reference 2144. Size 283x176 cms, 7ft 10ins x 4ft 6ins, Euros 1850.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER CARPET. PUBLISHED IN "ORIENTAL RUGS: AN ILLUSTRATED LEXICON OF MOTIFS, MATERIALS AND ORIGINS" by Peter Stone, pages 45/46. The rich vibrant colors are typical of work from the Beni MGuild. The pile is long, and the piece is in excellent condition. The intricate diamond design is found both in the weavings of the Berber Beni M`guild in the Middle Atlas mountains and also their neighbours the Zaine. The design is shown in a carpet on pages 16 and 17 of "Tapis de Tribus" Reference 2144. Size 283x176 cms, 7ft 10ins x 4ft 6ins. CLOSE UP.

THE BENI MGUILD CARPET SHOWN ABOVE is featured in this text book.

THE DESIGN and information about this type of rug is documented in this book.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CARPET from the little known Ait Ben Aissa group in the Middle Atlas east of Fez. It has a rich and lustrous pile with deep colour combinations and is in excellent condition. Reference 2142. Size 328 x 165 cms, 10ft 9ins x 5ft 6ins, Euros 1550.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CARPET from the little known Ait Ben Aissa group in the Middle Atlas east of Fez. It has a rich and lustrous pile with deep colour combinations and is in excellent condition. Reference 2142. Size 328 x 165 cms, 10ft 9ins x 5ft 6ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET, an old and rare piece in excellent condition which is from the Ait Tamassine Berber group. The weaver has included in her random designs depictions of traditional Berber symbols representing the natural world around her. Thus we have sheep, the flowers they graze on, paths, mountain ranges and the often portrayed superstitious motifs. Four primitive keys are also shown and are a reference to the storage of moderate wealth hidden away. Fascinating, and a rare pleasure to own. There is good information on the Ait Tamassine and other High Atlas Berber tribes in the excellent book "Taznacht" which resulted from extensive research there in the 1990Ěs. Reference 2767. Size 310 x 145 cms., or 10ft. 2ins x 4ft. 9ins. Euros 2850.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET, an old and rare piece in excellent condition which is from the Ait Tamassine Berber group. The weaver has included in her random designs depictions of traditional Berber symbols representing the natural world around her. Thus we have sheep, the flowers they graze on, paths, mountain ranges and the often portrayed superstitious motifs. Four primitive keys are also shown and are a reference to the storage of moderate wealth hidden away. Fascinating, and a rare pleasure to own. There is good information on the Ait Tamassine and other High Atlas Berber tribes in the excellent book "Taznacht" which resulted from extensive research there in the 1990Ěs. Reference 2767. CLOSE UP OF SHEEP AND THEIR FLORAL FOOD.

There are 4 primitive keys woven into the designs in the center of the carpet. They indicate that the precious items of the family are safely locked way.

This rare, old carpet had been stored away in the village of Ouazazate, known as the gateway to the Sahara, for many years. I discovered it on the last trip.

WOVEN TO ORDER AND SOLD. This Beni Ourain carpet measured 610 x 366 cms or 20ft. x 12 ft. and was woven for a customer in California. I worked closely with him to create a minimal design with colours to blend with his interior design.

WOVEN TO ORDER AND SOLD. This composite shows the weaving to order of a Beni Ourain carpet 485 x 366 cms., or 15ft x 12ft. 9ins, in size for a customer in Florida in the USA. The photos show the actual carpet being woven to the customer`s own design. The finished piece is shown top right and the carpet in its new home on the bottom row. Loading such a carpet takes two men at least.

ON A RECENT TRIP to the Middle Atlas I saw this rug being woven for a customer who provided this photograph of the rug she wanted copied.

THE CORRECT SIZED LOOM was used to accomodate the foundation warps and then this weaver took on the task. The whole rug, measuring about 250 x 190 cms., or 8ft. x 6ft., was due to take 7 weeks.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS CARPET from the Ait Zenaga Berber tribe. Although the deep field color is typical of Ait Zenaga weaving the rest of the colors and design are most unusual and there appears to be no others of this style in the literature. The carpet is in excellent condition and dates probably from the 1950Ěs. The pile is full and the sides and end finishes intact. A fascinating piece found recently on a specific mission to the southern High Atlas to find rare old carpets. Reference 2769. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS CARPET from the Ait Zenaga Berber tribe. Although the deep field color is typical of Ait Zenaga weaving the rest of the colors and design are most unusual and there appears to be no others of this style in the literature. The carpet is in excellent condition and dates probably from the 1950Ěs. The pile is full and the sides and end finishes intact. A fascinating piece found recently on a specific mission to the southern High Atlas to find rare old carpets. Reference 2769. Size 371 x 145 cms., or 12ft. 2ins. x 4ft. 9ins. Euros 3250.

LAST CHECK of the carpet. Close scrutiny by touch and eyes have revealed a beautiful old carpet in top condition.

CLOSE UP of original kilim bottom end.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS CARPET. The high knot density and lustrous shades of the many colors used makes this old example special. Many Ait Tamassine Berber pieces have this overall effect of chesnut, bronze and purplish hues. The carpet is in excellent, complete, condition with original ends and sides and it dates fom the mid 20th century. There is good information on Ait Tamassine in the well researched text book "Taznacht" and color plates 6, 7, 8 and 9 all show carpets from this tribe which incorporate similar designs, color and construction. Reference 2772. CLOSE UP of top border, fringe and field designs with rich, deep colors.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS CARPET. The high knot density and lustrous shades of the many colors used makes this old example special. Many Ait Tamassine Berber pieces have this overall effect of chesnut, bronze and purplish hues. The carpet is in excellent, complete, condition with original ends and sides and it dates fom the mid 20th century. There is good information on Ait Tamassine in the well researched text book "Taznacht" and color plates 6, 7, 8 and 9 all show carpets from this tribe which incorporate similar designs, color and construction. Reference 2772. Size 331 x 149 cms., or 10ft. 11ins. x 5ft. Euros 3250.

ONE HUNDRED MILES FURTHER ON and it is time for a break in the ancient coastal city of Essaouira. We let the van cool down by opening all the doors before departure. In the background is part of the old city wall and Fort which were finished by the Portuguese around 1503!

BRIGHT SUNLIGHT brings intense mid-day heat to the central courtyard of this very old riyad in the Haouz region. The sombre rooms provide relief from the heat and glare. The rooms on all four sides of the three story house are stacked with carpets and I spend many hours sifting through the piles.