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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 both every day, ceremonies and special occasions.

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PAIR OF MIDDLE ATLAS HAND WOVEN CUSHIONS IN WOOL AND COTTON WITH FINE DESIGNS. They are from the Middle Atlas. Size, both 51 x 36 cms., or 20 x 14 ins. Ref. 2850 and 2852. Euros 45 each.

PAIR OF MIDDLE ATLAS HAND WOVEN CUSHIONS IN WOOL AND COTTON. NICE INTRICATE DESIGN PANELS. Size, both 52 x 37 cms., or 21 x 15 ins. Ref. 2853 and 2854. Euros 45 each.

PAIR OF HIGH ATLAS HAND WOVEN WOOL AND COTTON CUSHIONS. Each has bands of interesting designs on the face side. Size, 51 x 35 cms., or 20 x 14 ins. Ref. 2855 and 2856. Euros 45 each

MIDDLE ATLAS HAND WOVEN PILLOW, hand woven with wool and cotton in strong contrasting colours which give a dramatic effect. Size 57 x 37 cms., or 21 x 15 ins. Ref. 2857. Euros 45.

MOROCCAN BERBER BELT. The centre panel of this belt is not woven, but knitted. It originates from Berbers in Zagora which is the eastern tip of the High Atlas close to the border with Algeria. Curiously knitting is practised by Berber men from both countries in this area. The tassels, each representing multi-coloured flower heads, are intricate work. Belts are worn wrapped around the waist as many times as the length permits and are used for occasions of celebrations. Reference 2693. Size 260 x 10 cms., or 8ft. x 4ins. Euros 48.

MOROCCAN BERBER BELT. The centre panel of this belt is not woven, but knitted. It originates from Berbers in Zagora which is the eastern tip of the High Atlas close to the border with Algeria. Curiously knitting is practised by Berber men from both countries in this area. The tassels, each representing multi-coloured flower heads, are intricate work. Belts are worn wrapped around the waist as many times as the length permits and are used for occasions of celebrations. Reference 2693. Size 260 x 10 cms., or 8ft. x 4ins. CLOSE UP.

MIDDLE ATLAS HAND WOVEN PILLOW FROM THE PROVINCE OF ZEMOOR. The design is typical Zemoor work and found, with variations, on many kilims and bags. Size 49 x 39 cms., or 19 x 15 ins. Ref. 2858. Euros 45.

MOROCCAN WOVEN BELT this intricately plaited belt is for a Berber man and would be worn on important occasions. It originates from the region of Boujad which is an area south of the Middle Atlas. See `Splendeurs du Maroc` - Musee Royal de l`Afrique Centrale, 1998, pages 180 and 208 for information on ropes and belts. Reference 1948. 350 cms, 11ft 6ins, long. Euros 55.

MOROCCAN WOVEN BELT this intricately plaited belt is for a Berber man and would be worn on important occasions. It originates from the region of Boujad which is an area south of the Middle Atlas. See `Splendeurs du Maroc` - Musee Royal de l`Afrique Centrale, 1998, pages 180 and 208 for information on ropes and belts. Reference 1948. 350 cms, 11ft 6ins, long. CLOSE UP.

VERY RARE BERBER HIGH ATLAS WEAVING. The structure, knotting and colors confirm this small squarish textile as being the work of the Ait bou Ichaouen Berbers of the eastern High Atlas mountains. The piece is made in two almost identical halves, carefully and accurately joined together. The center panel is flat woven kilim of undyed goat hair. The piled designs around the perimeter are depictions of fields of crops, which denote the owner`s wealth. This is well documented in the excellent original research by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers which culminated in their masterful book "Ait bou Ichaouen", pages 66 and 67 refer as does color photo 89. What is not known is the use for this piece. It has the shape of a soffreh, or eating cloth, but none from these Berbers has been published. The two halves, when folded, form a bag. The kilim shows some bruising consistent with having heavy articles placed inside. A worthy and unique part of any collection. Reference 2660. Size 66 x 97 cms., 2ft. 2ins. x 3ft. 2ins. Euros 388.

VERY RARE BERBER HIGH ATLAS WEAVING. The structure, knotting and colors confirm this small squarish textile as being the work of the Ait bou Ichaouen Berbers of the eastern High Atlas mountains. The piece is made in two almost identical halves, carefully and accurately joined together. The center panel is flat woven kilim of undyed goat hair. The piled designs around the perimeter are depictions of fields of crops, which denote the owner`s wealth. This is well documented in the excellent original research by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers which culminated in their masterful book "Ait bou Ichaouen", pages 66 and 67 refer as does color photo 89. What is not known is the use for this piece. It has the shape of a soffreh, or eating cloth, but none from these Berbers has been published. The two halves, when folded, form a bag. The kilim shows some bruising consistent with having heavy articles placed inside. A worthy and unique part of any collection. Reference 2660. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER WOMAN'S HEAD SCARF which originates from the remote region of Zagora south of the High Atlas, close to the border with Algeria. The triangle of fine black cotton has been carefully embroidered in wool with graceful floral designs and 3 bobbles representing flower heads have been added. The original edging and tassel work is intact. Reference 2581. Size 40 x 47cms. 1ft.4in. x 1ft.7in. Euros 19.

MOROCCAN BERBER WOMAN'S HEAD SCARF which originates from the remote region of Zagora south of the High Atlas, close to the border with Algeria. The triangle of fine black cotton has been carefully embroidered in wool with graceful floral designs and 3 bobbles representing flower heads have been added. The original edging and tassel work is intact. Reference 2581. Size 40 x 47cms. 1ft.4in. x 1ft.7in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER DECORATIVE PIECE which would be worn by a Berber woman. It hangs over the front of a tunic and is hung by a cord which loops over the head. The vibrant multi coloured background cloth is embellished with rows of mercerised cotton loops and tassels. It is the work of Berbers of the High Atlas and a similar piece is being worn by a Berber woman in a colour plate on page 26 of the textbook "Tazenacht". Reference 2696. Size 41 x 37 cms., or 16 x 14 ins. Euros 23.

MOROCCAN BERBER DECORATIVE PIECE which would be worn by a Berber woman. It hangs over the front of a tunic and is hung by a cord which loops over the head. The vibrant multi coloured background cloth is embellished with rows of mercerised cotton loops and tassels. It is the work of Berbers of the High Atlas and a similar piece is being worn by a Berber woman in a colour plate on page 26 of the textbook "Tazenacht". Reference 2696. Size 41 x 37 cms., or 16 x 14 ins. CLOSE UP.

FINDING old bags and trappings in good condition gets harder every trip. This old Berber rug dealer in a village on the way to Tazenacht in the High Atlas hangs his stock outside. Inside are piles of old rugs and bags.

WHERE to start? Over 200 old bags await inspection. It is a long and very dusty procedure. Only one bag was good enough to buy. You cannot imagine how long it takes to get to the final price of just one piece.

SPECIAL OFFER.............MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS BAG FACE The rugs and textiles of the little known area of the eastern High Atlas close to the border with Algeria were only discovered around 1997. The early temptation was to class them all as coming from Talsint, the major town. Wonderful original research resulting in the publication of the text book "Ait Bou Ichaouen" by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers gives huge insight into the sub tribes and weavings. This piece is the front of a large sack which would probably have contained the personal effects of a bride on the occasion of her wedding. Female fertility symbols have been used in the design. The foundation is flat weave kilim and the motifs are in hand knotted pile. A similar piece is shown on page 82 of the book. Reference 2559. Size 122 x 49cms. 4ft. x 1ft.7in. Euros 55.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS BAG FACE The rugs and textiles of the little known area of the eastern High Atlas close to the border with Algeria were only discovered around 1997. The early temptation was to class them all as coming from Talsint, the major town. Wonderful original research resulting in the publication of the text book "Ait Bou Ichaouen" by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers gives huge insight into the sub tribes and weavings. This piece is the front of a large sack which would probably have contained the personal effects of a bride on the occasion of her wedding. Female fertility symbols have been used in the design. The foundation is flat weave kilim and the motifs are in hand knotted pile. A similar piece is shown on page 82 of the book. Reference 2559. Size 122 x 49cms. 4ft. x 1ft.7in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER BELT. A precious piece woven entirely of silk. Belts for ceremonial and special occasions use are worn wrapped around the waist once, or several times, according to length. This fine example is from the High Atlas south of Marrakech. It is quite usual for some silk to be used in the design but to be completely woven in silk is rare. Reference 2694. Size is 166 cms., or 5ft. 6ins. long. Euros 65.

MOROCCAN BERBER BELT. A precious piece woven entirely of silk. Belts for ceremonial and special occasions use are worn wrapped around the waist once, or several times, according to length. This fine example is from the High Atlas south of Marrakech. It is quite usual for some silk to be used in the design but to be completely woven in silk is rare. Reference 2694. Size is 166 cms., or 5ft. 6ins. long. Euros 65.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER TENT BAG / PILLOW It was only around 1997 that the weaving of the various Berber groups who make up the Ait Bou Ichaouen were discovered. This remote region lies close to the Algerian border. We must be grateful to Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers whose outstanding field research resulted in their text book. This particular piece is of a single flat woven kilim with a lattice design of knots. It has been folded and joined and an opening left at one side and was in use as a pillow. Plate 10 shows a square storage sack and plate 76 shows a large kilim again with piled design which have similar colours and construction and are clearly related. Reference 2562. Size 44 x 54cms. 1ft.5in. x 1ft.9in. REVERSE.

SPECIAL OFFER..........MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER TENT BAG / PILLOW It was only around 1997 that the weaving of the various Berber groups who make up the Ait Bou Ichaouen were discovered. This remote region lies close to the Algerian border. We must be grateful to Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers whose outstanding field research resulted in their text book. This particular piece is of a single flat woven kilim with a lattice design of knots. It has been folded and joined and an opening left at one side and was in use as a pillow. Plate 10 shows a square storage sack and plate 76 shows a large kilim again with piled design which have similar colours and construction and are clearly related. Reference 2562. Size 44 x 54cms. 1ft.5in. x 1ft.9in. Euros 43.