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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 BERBER AZILAL RUG which is from the western foothills of the High Atlas Mountain range starting some 200 kilometres east of Marrakech. The rug is woven with lustrous local undyed Berber wool and has a simple design of rivers running through the field. Berbers often weave small motifs of everyday artifacts into the their rugs. This one contains a small comb which would have been handcarved from cedar wood. There is also a portrayal of a shepherd*s knife in the lower part. Reference 3169. Size 230 x 145 cms., or 7ft. 7ins. x 4ft. 6ins. Euros 725.

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VERY FINE OLD TABRIZ CARPET. The unusual design of two different sized botehs (an Indian design based on a leaf and used in many kashmiri textiles) flanked by two serrated leaves is repeated throughout the center field. It is one of the most difficult designs to weave since the individual motifs must form three perfect lines - vertical, horizontal and diagonal and any mistake shows. The rug is very finely knotted and this contributes to clarity of design and also durability. The boteh theme is used on all four major borders, this time being surrounded by an endless vine. Excellent condition. Reference 3314. Size 248 x 164 cms., or 8ft. 2ins. x 5ft. 4ins. Euros 850.

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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

OLD MELAZ RUG from the region of Bodrum in the south east corner of Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey) The colors are the typical pleasing pastel shades which are a feature of weaving in this area. The pile is soft and lustrous and the condition is excellent and original. Reference 3311. Size 215 x 117 cms., or 7 x 4 feet. Euros 475.

CLOSE UP. The design is made up of portrayals of flowers seen from both the side and plan elevations.

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 485.

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.

ARMENIAN RUG FROM KARS in eastern Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey). The region joins Armenia in the Caucasus and it is the work of Armenian weavers. It is a particularly good example because of its very fine weave which provides a tight pile and sharp, clear, design. There was an extensive article in the HALI, the International Magazine for Oriental Carpets, which showed this central design and compared it with the floor plan of Armenian churches, which this one matches perfectly. Reference 3312. Size 239 x 156 cms., or 7ft. 10ins. x 5ft. 2ins. Euros 650.

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MOROCCAN BERBER AZILAL RUG with a most unusual design. It is the habit of the rural Berber weavers to use items seen or used in their surroundings in the designs of their rugs. In this case they have portrayed a ceramic tiled floor of the type seen in mosques, old buildings and wealthy homes. The art of hand cutting and laying these tiles is an ancient artisanal skill called "zillic" in Morocco. The rug is from the foothills of the eastern High Atlas Mountains which start about 200 kilometres east of Marrakech. Reference 3167. Size 250 x 145 cms., or 8ft. 3ins. x 4ft. 9ins. Euros 725.

CLOSE UP of the repeated ceramic tile design known as "zillic" in Morocco.

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 1990Ěs, 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 1990Ěs, is full of information. Reference 2777. Size 182 x 128 cms., or 6ft. x 4ft. 3ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER RUG which is from a village in the Azilal region in the foothills of the High Atlas. If every rug tells a story, the interpretation of the designs in this primitive peice tells four. The inexperienced weaver starting from the bottom attempted a complicated design of repeated ceramic tiles but gave up after completing about 25% of the rug. She then relaxed and used the same tiles, larger but more simple until she reached halfway. A better, but still wonky similar design was used for the second half but a few rows before the end she became brave and wove in a large flower, some small fields and a stream. Wonderful. Reference 3170. Size 260 x 140 cms., or 8ft. 7ins. x 4ft. 7ins. Euros 725.

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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 HIGH ATLAS RUG from Azilal. The weavers in the 600 or so villages scattered in the High Atlas, which start at Azilal and end close to the border with Algeria, have a clever way of using a limited palette of three or so colours to make such attractive rugs. The clever combination here of tan, henna and ivory give the very long pile a luxurious feel. Reference 3046. Size 203 x 85 cms., or 6ft. 8ins. x 2ft. 10ins. Euros 290.

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BELOUCH/BALOUCH RUG which has a more sophisticated design than the tribal rugs the Balouch are better known for. This, together with the cotton foundation suggests it was woven in a settled village rather than a nomadic environment. The central deep madder field is a background for a display of repeated flowers and there are 14 tall cypress trees evenly spaced in the garden. The motif within each tree at the bottom is a mystery - at first glance it looks to be a man with two lamps or candlestiks over his shoulders. Perfect condition. Reference 3313. Size 222 x 142 cms., or 7ft. 4ins. x 4ft. 8ins. Euros 475.

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MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG. The narrow shape indicates that the loom upon which the rug was woven was inside a tradtional Berbe hut or dwelling. The ivory and brown shades of wool used for the pile are undyed and the simplistic portrayal of two trees were probably inspired by the surrounding countryside. The unusual Berber knot has been used. Reference 3044. Size 210 x 82 cms., or 7ft. x 2ft. 8ins. Euros 320.

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MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG from one of the villages in the foothills of the eastern section of the High Atlas Mountains near the village Azilal. The ivory shaded wool of the field is undyed local Berber wool and both ends have a traditional Berber lattice design. The centre section has columns interspersed with circular motifs. An explanation of this can be seen in the excellent French language text book "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" in an Azilal rug analysed on pages 98 and 99. Reference 3168. Size 240 x 150 cms., or 8 x 5 ft. Euros 725.

CLOSE UP of the columns and circles design in the centre of the rug.

Excellent and authoratative book on Moroccan tribal weaving.

CLOSE UP of the knotted pile showing long pile and a simplistic lattice design often used in rural Berber weaving.

MOROCCAN BENI OUARAIN BERBER RUG from the Middle Atlas Mountains. Although this rug has a high knotted pile of undyed local Berber wool it is very finely woven for its type. This adds weight, warmth and long durability for a top quality piece. Reference 3175. Size 255 x 145 cms., or 8ft 5ins. x 4ft. 9ins. Euros 965.

MOROCCAN BERBER AZILAL RUG with a most unusual design. It is the habit of the rural Berber weavers to use items seen or used in their surroundings in the designs of their rugs. In this case they have portrayed a ceramic tiled floor of the type seen in mosques, old buildings and wealthy homes. The art of hand cutting and laying these tiles is an ancient artisanal skill called "zillic" in Morocco. The rug is from the foothills of the eastern High Atlas Mountains which start about 200 kilometres east of Marrakech. Reference 3166. Size 265 x 160 cms., or 8ft. 6ins. x 5ft. 3ins. Euros 850.

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OLD LURI TRIBAL RUG from the Zagros Mountain region of southern Persia. The three medallions are surrounded by a random scattering of plants, flowers, bushes, birds and wild animals. The rug has a very lively and lustrous appearance and most unusually motifs in butter coloured yellow and spring green have been used. Reference 3062. Sizee 204 x 140 cms., or 6ft. 8ins. x 4ft. 7ins. Euros 675.

CLOSE UP OF TWO FLORAL DESIGNS edged with unusual yellow.