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HERE YOU WILL FIND rugs of the size 181 to 275cms., or 6ft. to 9ft. long with various width sizes.

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MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER RUG. A fascinating example of the type known as "Boucherouite" from the region of Boujad. Although the warp and most of the weft is wool, the randomised piled designs are a mixture of wool, cotton and recycled textile. The first major exhibition was held in late 2010 by Gebhart Blazek and many design elements of this rug can be seen in those featured in the colour text book/catalogue. Reference 2177. Size 200 x 114cms, 6ft 7ins x 3ft 9ins, Euros 366.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER RUG. A fascinating example of the type known as "Boucherouite" from the region of Boujad. Although the warp and most of the weft is wool, the randomised piled designs are a mixture of wool, cotton and recycled textile. The first major exhibition was held in late 2010 by Gebhart Blazek and many design elements of this rug can be seen in those featured in the colour text book/catalogue. Reference 2177. Size 200 x 114cms, 6ft 7ins x 3ft 9ins. CLOSE UP.

SPECIAL OFFER...........TURKISH VILLAGE RUG from the region of Yahyali in the southern part of south central Anatolia. The depth of rich colors and lustrous wool are typical of the best examples. The rug is in perfect condition, freshly hand washed and lies completely flat. Reference 2659. Size 210 x 102 cms. 6ft. 11ins. x 3ft. 4ins. Euros 375.

SPECIAL OFFER...........TURKISH VILLAGE RUG from the region of Yahyali in the southern part of south central Anatolia. The depth of rich colors and lustrous wool are typical of the best examples. The rug is in perfect condition, freshly hand washed and lies completely flat. Reference 2659. Size 210 x 102 cms. 6ft. 11ins. x 3ft. 4ins. CLOSE UP

SPECIAL OFFER......MOROCCAN ZAINE BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS RUG. The Berber group of Zaine live in one of the higher parts of the Middle Atlas mountain range and their rugs reflect the cold conditions which prevail. They have long, lustrous pile and are tightly woven thus providing the weight and warmth required to combat the cold. The excellent text book "From the Far West: Carpets and Textiles of Morocco", published by the Washington Textile Museum, elaborates on this. Designs are often based on the diamond motif seen in this piece. Pages 68 to 75 of "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" show several examples and give good information on the weaving of Zaine. This is a rare old piece and is in perfect condition. Reference 2711. Size 200 x 145 cms., or 6ft. 7ins. x 4ft. 9in. Euros 450.

SPECIAL OFFER......MOROCCAN ZAINE BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS RUG. The Berber group of Zaine live in one of the higher parts of the Middle Atlas mountain range and their rugs reflect the cold conditions which prevail. They have long, lustrous pile and are tightly woven thus providing the weight and warmth required to combat the cold. The excellent text book "From the Far West: Carpets and Textiles of Morocco", published by the Washington Textile Museum, elaborates on this. Designs are often based on the diamond motif seen in this piece. Pages 68 to 75 of "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" show several examples and give good information on the weaving of Zaine. This is a rare old piece and is in perfect condition. Reference 2711. Size 200 x 145 cms., or 6ft. 7ins. x 4ft. 9in. CLOSE UP.

STREET FOOD, MARRAKECH STYLE. The early evening air is filled with smoke from open fires.

DEEP IN THE BAZAAR a shaft of sunlight makes an ideal sleeping place for one of the residents

PERSIAN ABADEH VILLAGE RUG Circa 1930. The small village of Abadeh lies at high altitude in the Zagros mountains midway between Shiraz and Isfahan. This is a rug of exceptional colour and intricate repeated design of urns containing flowering bushes surmounted by birds which is very pleasing. The dyes are natural and the condition is excellent. There is comparatively little written about Abadeh. However, the 1970 book "Oriental Rugs and Carpets" by the Italian specialist Fabio Formenton shows a very similar piece and has good information on pages 132-133. This rug last appeared on the international market as Lot 2119 of the Zurich fine art auctioneers Galerie Kohler on 8th December 1999. Reference 243. Size 235 x 142cms. 7ft. 9ins. x 4ft. 4ins. Euros 1,350.

PERSIAN ABADEH VILLAGE RUG Circa 1930. The small village of Abadeh lies at high altitude in the Zagros mountains midway between Shiraz and Isfahan. This is a rug of exceptional colour and intricate repeated design of urns containing flowering bushes surmounted by birds which is very pleasing. The dyes are natural and the condition is excellent. There is comparatively little written about Abadeh. However, the 1970 book "Oriental Rugs and Carpets" by the Italian specialist Fabio Formenton shows a very similar piece and has good information on pages 132-133. This rug last appeared on the international market as Lot 2119 of the Zurich fine art auctioneers Galerie Kohler on 8th December 1999. Reference 243. Size 235 x 142cms. 7ft. 9ins. x 4ft. 4ins. CLOSE UP

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG which is a really old soft, supple piece with many weft threads which allow it to be wrapped around the body for maximum warmth in the cold High Atlas winters. The wool is silky to the feel. The colors are undyed shades of ivory and mid-brown local Berber wool and the rug is from the Azilal region. Weaving from the Berbers of Azilai is comprehensively described in the excellent book "Morokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 113 onwards. Reference 2773. Size 191 x 100 cms., or 6ft. 3ins. x 4ft. Euros 425.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG which is a really old soft, supple piece with many weft threads which allow it to be wrapped around the body for maximum warmth in the cold High Atlas winters. The wool is silky to the feel. The colors are undyed shades of ivory and mid-brown local Berber wool and the rug is from the Azilal region. Weaving from the Berbers of Azilai is comprehensively described in the excellent book "Morokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 113 onwards. Reference 2773. Size 191 x 100 cms., or 6ft. 3ins. x 4ft. CLOSE UP.

RARE BELOUCH / BALOUCH RUG which is an early 20th century example of a group known as Timuri who are found in north west Afghanistan. Most unusually the warps are extremely fine cotton and the knotting is the finest I have seen in Timuri work. Stylised goats are scattered through a field of soft and lustrous wool and the rug is intact with original sides and ends. It is very similar to Plate 20 in the now very rare book “Rugs of the Wandering Baluchi” by David Black and Clive Loveless. Reference 253. Size 190 x 107cms, 6ft 3ins x 3ft 6ins, Euros 890.

RARE BELOUCH / BALOUCH RUG which is an early 20th century example of a group known as Timuri who are found in north west Afghanistan. Most unusually the warps are extremely fine cotton and the knotting is the finest I have seen in Timuri work. Stylised goats are scattered through a field of soft and lustrous wool and the rug is intact with original sides and ends. It is very similar to Plate 20 in the now very rare book “Rugs of the Wandering Baluchi” by David Black and Clive Loveless. Reference 253. Size 190 x 107cms, 6ft 3ins x 3ft 6ins. CLOSE UP

SPECIAL OFFER......MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER RUG which is heavy, floppy and very warm and was used as a cover during the bitter Middle Atlas winter nights. Most unusually the knotted pile is of mixtures of undyed Berber wool and grey goat hair. It is an old example of a rug made for practical purposes from materials owned by the family. Goats form major portions of Berber flocks and their hair, when woven into rugs and kilims is very durable. It is seldom dyed. Reference 2775. Size 183 x 146 cms., or 6ft. x 4ft. 10ins. Euros 390.

SPECIAL OFFER......MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER RUG which is heavy, floppy and very warm and was used as a cover during the bitter Middle Atlas winter nights. Most unusually the knotted pile is of mixtures of undyed Berber wool and grey goat hair. It is an old example of a rug made for practical purposes from materials owned by the family. Goats form major portions of Berber flocks and their hair, when woven into rugs and kilims is very durable. It is seldom dyed. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG. The snow covered peaks of this mountain range can be seen daily from the center of Marrakech and end much further south as the gateway to the Sahara. These peaks are the home of many Berber tribes and the towns are gathering points for the rugs when they are for sale. This exceptional piece was found in Tazenacht and is from the nearby Ait Ouaouzguite Berbers. The individual floral designs seem to float on the depth of background indigo. It is old and in excellent condition. The book "Taznacht" which is the result of original research into the area and its textiles back in the 1990·s, is full of information. Reference 2777. Size 182 x 128 cms., or 6ft. x 4ft. 3ins. Euros 785.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG. The snow covered peaks of this mountain range can be seen daily from the center of Marrakech and end much further south as the gateway to the Sahara. These peaks are the home of many Berber tribes and the towns are gathering points for the rugs when they are for sale. This exceptional piece was found in Tazenacht and is from the nearby Ait Ouaouzguite Berbers. The individual floral designs seem to float on the depth of background indigo. It is old and in excellent condition. The book "Taznacht" which is the result of original research into the area and its textiles back in the 1990·s, is full of information. Reference 2777. Size 182 x 128 cms., or 6ft. x 4ft. 3ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER RUG. This colorful old piece had been stored carefully in the southern small town of Ouazazate in the southern High Atlas until I was fortunate to discover it recently. The town is known as the gateway to the Sahara and remembered with affection by those who continue to journey on. The rug is the work of the Ait Douchen, a small Berber tribe in the region. The weaver·s dream to own so many camels is portrayed in her rug. Original research into the High Atlas Berbers and their weaving in the early 1990·s culminated in the publication of the excellent book "Taznacht" and there is good information on the Ait Douchen from page 81 to 84. Reference 2768. Size 266 x 142 cms., or 8ft. 9ins. x 4ft. 8ins. Euros 950.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER RUG. This colorful old piece had been stored carefully in the southern small town of Ouazazate in the southern High Atlas until I was fortunate to discover it recently. The town is known as the gateway to the Sahara and remembered with affection by those who continue to journey on. The rug is the work of the Ait Douchen, a small Berber tribe in the region. The weaver·s dream to own so many camels is portrayed in her rug. Original research into the High Atlas Berbers and their weaving in the early 1990·s culminated in the publication of the excellent book "Taznacht" and there is good information on the Ait Douchen from page 81 to 84. Reference 2768. CLOSE UP OF THE CENTRAL FIELD AND BORDER.

I remember the number -- 56 -- of this old riyad but can never remember the name of the alley it is in. Once inside .... heaven.

Inside. And hundreds of rugs to examine and feel for the wool quality, knotting and condition. Ali has been looking after me for 9 years and on every visit shares his knowledge of the area and the rugs. This is the start of the journey to a new home for the Ait Douchen rug.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG Four very hard hours east of Marrakech lie the foothills of the eastern High Atlas Mountains, and a stop in the town of Azilal is very welcome. Much weaving is done in the hundreds of villages which stretch away, and end close to the Algerian border. Azilal acts as a gathering point for rugs woven in the whole area. Designs are often inspired by the natural landscape in which the Berbers live. The simple zig-zag seen here is often thought to be a portrayal of a stream or river. Reference 2949. Size 215 x 122 cms., or 7ft. x 4ft. Euros 480.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG Four very hard hours east of Marrakech lie the foothills of the eastern High Atlas Mountains, and a stop in the town of Azilal is very welcome. Much weaving is done in the hundreds of villages which stretch away, and end close to the Algerian border. Azilal acts as a gathering point for rugs woven in the whole area. Designs are often inspired by the natural landscape in which the Berbers live. The simple zig-zag seen here is often thought to be a portrayal of a stream or river. Reference 2949. Size 215 x 122 cms., or 7ft. x 4ft. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG FROM BOUJAD. Even the Berbers of the rest of Morocco regard the weavers from Boujad in the Middle Atlas as eccentric. They adhere only to the rare, unplanned, spontaneous, colorful and totally uninhibited designs. These may be abstract or depictions of nature, religion and superstition, as in this piece. A small human figure of a man guards the whole rug. This is old and was woven with whatever cotton, wool and dyes that were available at the time. A rug from Boujad with similar colors, but not design, and construction is shown as plate 108 in the excellent book "Marokko" by Kurt Rainer. Reference 2787. Size 255 x 123 cms., or 8ft. 4ins. x 4ft. Euros 950. SEE CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG FROM BOUJAD. Even the Berbers of the rest of Morocco regard the weavers from Boujad in the Middle Atlas as eccentric. They adhere only to the rare, unplanned, spontaneous, colorful and totally uninhibited designs. These may be abstract or depictions of nature, religion and superstition, as in this piece. A small human figure of a man guards the whole rug. This is old and was woven with whatever cotton, wool and dyes that were available at the time. A rug from Boujad with similar colors, but not design, and construction is shown as plate 108 in the excellent book "Marokko" by Kurt Rainer. Reference 2787. THE FIERCE GUARDIAN KEEPS EVIL AWAY FROM THE RUG AND ITS OWNERS.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG from the Berbers of Beni Ourain in the western Middle Atlas. Several clues point to this piece as having been woven and used by a Berber family for themselves. It has several decades of age. The undyed wool has been taken from many different sheep and this shows in the slight and subtle colour changes in the field which are known as abrash. There are about a dozen single knots of undyed brown wool scattered randomly through the field. When the rug was finished the weaver did not cut it off the loom immediately but went on to weave a long and beautiful lattice band to embelish the end. Lastly, the knotting is not the normal symmetrical knot used virtually throughout Morocco but is the unique and very scarce Berber knot. Lustrous wools make for a silky feel. Reference 2950. Size 185 x 148 cms., or 6ft. 2ins. x 4ft. 8ins. Euros 580.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG from the Berbers of Beni Ourain in the western Middle Atlas. Several clues point to this piece as having been woven and used by a Berber family for themselves. It has several decades of age. The undyed wool has been taken from many different sheep and this shows in the slight and subtle colour changes in the field which are known as abrash. There are about a dozen single knots of undyed brown wool scattered randomly through the field. When the rug was finished the weaver did not cut it off the loom immediately but went on to weave a long and beautiful lattice band to embelish the end. Lastly, the knotting is not the normal symmetrical knot used virtually throughout Morocco but is the unique and very scarce Berber knot. Lustrous wools make for a silky feel. Reference 2950. CLOSE UP OF EXCELLENT FRINGE WORK.

KELARDASHT RUG which is from the village on the southern shore of the Caspian Sea in northern Iran. It is from the first half of the 20th century and in good, intact, condition. The area is subject to a wet climate and, as many looms are outside the houses and are part of the structure of the house, the loom and weavers are often sheltered under plastic sheeting. Reference 1273. Size 250 x 115 cms., or 8ft. 3ins. x 5ft. Euros 1285.

KELARDASHT RUG which is from the village on the southern shore of the Caspian Sea in northern Iran. It is from the first half of the 20th century and in good, intact, condition. The area is subject to a wet climate and, as many looms are outside the houses and are part of the structure of the house, the loom and weavers are often sheltered under plastic sheeting. Reference 1273. Size 250 x 115 cms., or 8ft. 3ins. x 5ft. CLOSE UP.