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MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG East of Marrakech in the foothills of the High Atlas lies the town of Azilal. It is a gathering point for rugs such as this from dozens of surrounding rural villages. The weaver has portrayed two large "eyes" which are good luck charms and dominate the additional motifs such as flowers and trees. It is an old piece in excellent condition and is soft and lustrous. Its square shape means it is very versatile. Reference 2567. Size 163 x 140cms. 5ft.4in. x 4ft.7in. Euros 390.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG East of Marrakech in the foothills of the High Atlas lies the town of Azilal. It is a gathering point for rugs such as this from dozens of surrounding rural villages. The weaver has portrayed two large "eyes" which are good luck charms and dominate the additional motifs such as flowers and trees. It is an old piece in excellent condition and is soft and lustrous. Its square shape means it is very versatile. Reference 2567. Size 163 x 140cms. 5ft.4in. x 4ft.7in. CLOSE UP.

ON MY TRAVELS at the start of the High Atlas.

THE IMPOSING SNOW COVERED peaks lie ahead. There are about 600 villages in the foothills. The little known Berber tribes of the Ait bou Ichaouen live in the high peaks which lead to the Algerian border.

RARE AFGHAN PRAYER RUG. The contents of the field make this an extraordinary and rare piece. At the top there are depictions of two pendants known as "tumar". These are sometimes attached to a necklace or sewn onto a coat called a "chyrpy". In both cases the pendant can be opened and precious documents stored inside. They are separated by a depiction of a small kabila stone. At the bottom there is an inscription and the Arabic numbers 2220. This cannot be a date since it would equate to AD 2777. It may be a reference to a verse of the Hadith. Structurally the rug has undyed, hand spun brown woollen warps and wefts and the construction suggests it is from southern Afghanistan. The condition is impeccable. It is a very collectible piece. Reference 2611. Size 101 x 62cms. 3ft.4in. x 2ft. Euros 415.

RARE AFGHAN PRAYER RUG. The contents of the field make this an extraordinary and rare piece. At the top there are depictions of two pendants known as "tumar". These are sometimes attached to a necklace or sewn onto a coat called a "chyrpy". In both cases the pendant can be opened and precious documents stored inside. They are separated by a depiction of a small kabila stone. At the bottom there is an inscription and the Arabic numbers 2220. This cannot be a date since it would equate to AD 2777. It may be a reference to a verse of the Hadith. Structurally the rug has undyed, hand spun brown woollen warps and wefts and the construction suggests it is from southern Afghanistan. The condition is impeccable. It is a very collectible piece. Reference 2611. Size 101 x 62cms. 3ft.4in. x 2ft. CLOSE UP.

ANTIQUE KHAMSEH RUG with natural dyes and a rich palette of colours and floral designs. The borders are most unusual. It appears to be from the Khamseh area area north east of Persepolis. In the foundation text book by A. C. Edwards in the section for these rugs he shows one attributed to an Arab group which has very simlar designs and this rare border as plate 309 on page 297. Reference 3093. Size 135 x 88 cms., or 4ft. 5ins. x 3 ft. Euros 385.

CLOSE UP showing rare border, top left section and overcasting.

ERSARI TURKOMAN PRAYER RUG. This unusual, very fine, early 20th century rug is from the village of Labijar in northern Afghanistan adjacent to the Turkmenistan border. This type is often categorised as work of the Kizyl Ayak sub-tribe of the Ersaris. Information, including a regional map and colour Plate 67 can be seen in “The Carpets of Afghanistan” by R.D. Parsons. The colours have subtle abrash and are natural and there is generous use of saffron yellow. It is in impeccable condition. Reference 246. Size 131 x 94cms, 4ft 4ins x 3ft 1ins, Euros 800.

ERSARI TURKOMAN PRAYER RUG. This unusual, very fine, early 20th century rug is from the village of Labijar in northern Afghanistan adjacent to the Turkmenistan border. This type is often categorised as work of the Kizyl Ayak sub-tribe of the Ersaris. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER RUG originating from the Berbers of the region of Boujad where it was woven around 40/50 years ago. It is a piece which was used by a Berber family probably as a hanging or room divider because it has remnants of the original built in loops for hanging at each top corner. The design of squares throughout is typical of Boujad although the color combinations differ greatly. It appears as if the first weaver had decided to arrange the squares on a diagonal pattern but either gave up or handed over to another weaver after only a small part was completed. This again is very typical Boujad practice. The rug is in excellent condition and is an authentic, old, Berber piece. I found it in the region. Reference 2821. Size 157 x 85 cms., or 5ft. 2ins. x 2ft. 10ins. Euros 280.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER RUG originating from the Berbers of the region of Boujad where it was woven around 40/50 years ago. It is a piece which was used by a Berber family probably as a hanging or room divider because it has remnants of the original built in loops for hanging at each top corner. The design of squares throughout is typical of Boujad although the color combinations differ greatly. It appears as if the first weaver had decided to arrange the squares on a diagonal pattern but either gave up or handed over to another weaver after only a small part was completed. This again is very typical Boujad practice. The rug is in excellent condition and is an authentic, old, Berber piece. I found it in the region. Reference 2821. Size 157 x 85 cms., or 5ft. 2ins. x 2ft. 10ins. CLOSE UP.

OLD GABBEH RUG woven by Lurs in the Zagros Mountain region of south west Persia. The primitive design is of three rhomboids in the field which are surrounded by a randomised scattering of floral motifs. The design is explained in the excellent authoratative book "Gabbeh" by Helmut Reinisch from pages 43 to 45. A rug with very similar size, colours and designs is shown on plate 25 of the same book. Reference 3060. Size 150 x 116 cms., or 5ft. x 3ft. 10ins. Euros 465.

ERSARI TURKOMAN PRAYER RUG from the Beshir sub-tribe. The Beshir are thought to be from a small cluster of villages in the Amu Darya region in southern Turkmenistan. Their history and work is described in detail by George W. O'Bannon in HALI magazine's Volume 4 No.1 of 1981. He also writes about them in his 1974 book "The Turkoman Carpet". This rugs dates from the early 20th century and has a wonderful palette of natural colours with several shades of madder, undyed brown, saffron and shades of turquoise. The colours and designs generally in Beshir pieces are more varied and spontaneous than those of the Ersari. It is soft, lustrous and supple and will play a part in any collection. Reference 2492. Size 83 x 68cms. 2ft.9in. x 2ft.3in. Euros 320.

ERSARI TURKOMAN PRAYER RUG from the Beshir sub-tribe. The Beshir are thought to be from a small cluster of villages in the Amu Darya region in southern Turkmenistan. Their history and work is described in detail by George W. O'Bannon in HALI magazine's Volume 4 No.1 of 1981. He also writes about them in his 1974 book "The Turkoman Carpet". This rugs dates from the early 20th century and has a wonderful palette of natural colours with several shades of madder, undyed brown, saffron and shades of turquoise. The colours and designs generally in Beshir pieces are more varied and spontaneous than those of the Ersari. It is soft, lustrous and supple and will play a part in any collection. Reference 2492. Size 83 x 68cms. 2ft.9in. x 2ft.3in. CLOSE UP

KASHKAI RUG in which many materials have been used by the weaver. The foundation (warps) are of hand spun wool mixed with goat hair. The knotted pile is wool but the columns based on the cultural site at Persepolis are of camel hair. The weaver, wanting to be protected by the inclusion of the evil eye, did not use the customary blue ceramic bead but wove a simulated one of artificial silk in the top border. Fascinating old rural work with great glowing colors depicting animals and peacocks. Reference 2969. Size 154 x 143 cms., or 5ft. 2ins. x 4ft. 9ins. Euros 250.

CLOSE UP showing peacocks, chickens, goats and many floral forms. The horse heads are depictions of those found carved in the remnants of the columns in Persepolis. The rug has rich, deep colours.

EXCEPTIONALLY FINE, PART SILK, NAIN RUG which has a knot density of approximately 840,000 a square metre. The design is sharp and clear and there is generous use of white silk throughout which is used as a highlight around the leaves, flowers and other designs. Reference 3064. Size 122 x 84 cms., or 4ft. x 2ft. 9ins. Euros 425.

CLOSE UP OF THE CENTRAL MEDALLION in which generous amounts of silk have been used.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG from the Beni m·Guild Berbers in the Middle Atlas mountains. The knotting is the looped pile technique and the colours are of the various shades of glossy, lustrous wools which are not dyed. The unusual square shape makes for a very versatile piece which can be used on the floor or as a wall hanging or throw for a sofa or bench. The rug is old and in perfect condition. Reference 2707. Size 160 x 155 cms., or 5ft. 3ins. x 5ft. 1ins. Euros 420.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG from the Beni m·Guild Berbers in the Middle Atlas mountains. The knotting is the looped pile technique and the colours are of the various shades of glossy, lustrous wools which are not dyed. The unusual square shape makes for a very versatile piece which can be used on the floor or as a wall hanging or throw for a sofa or bench. The rug is old and in perfect condition. Reference 2707. Size 160 x 155 cms., or 5ft. 3ins. x 5ft. 1ins. CLOSE UP.

THIS IS WHERE I FIND YOUR RUGS. Every Monday at about mid-day the rugs found in the various Middle Atlas mountain villages the previous week are brought to this dusty square in the town of Khemisset. Those not sold are usually then sent on to the larger dealers in Marrakech which is a further 8 hour drive to the south. I hunt here for the most interesting rugs, bags and kilims.

MEET YOUR SUPPLIERS. These are sheep belonging to the Beni Ourain Berbers in the Middle Atlas mountains. The wool is lustrous, rich in lanolin, and is carefully sheared, washed, carded and spun. Often the Berbers do not dye the wool but rely on the shades of black, charcoal, many greys and browns and of course the whites and ivories.

TURKISH RUG from the region of Antalya which lies in south central Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey). This type of rug is called "Docemalti". The colours are deep and rich and make the dark central medallion almost three dimensional. The wools are soft and lustrous and the whole piece complete and original. The square shape makes it very versatile and it can be used as a table cover, throw, wall hanging and area rug. Reference 2739. Size 92 x 111 cms., or 3ft. x 3ft. 8ins. Euros 135.

TURKISH RUG from the region of Antalya which lies in south central Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey). This type of rug is called "Docemalti". The colours are deep and rich and make the dark central medallion almost three dimensional. The wools are soft and lustrous and the whole piece complete and original. The square shape makes it very versatile and it can be used as a table cover, throw, wall hanging and area rug. Reference 2739. Size 92 x 111 cms., or 3ft. x 3ft. 8ins. CLOSE UP

BALOUCH/BELOUCH RUG which is from the region of Herat in North Western Afghanistan. It dates from the first half of the 20th century. The original and finely worked kilims at each end are so tight they have drawn in the ends of the piled section and this is a frequent feature of such fine old work. Unusually the field is knotted in undyed camel wool. There are the remnants of a row of brightly coloured knots which simulate flower heads at the junction of the pile and kilim ends and this is a feature of the Jan Begi Belouch group who inhabit this area. Excellent condition and absolutely intact and original. Reference 3126. Size 135 x 87 cms., or 4ft. 6ins. x 3ft. 11ins. Euros 435.

CLOSE UP of the knotted pile field which features rows of individual floral bushes growing from ceramic pots. The harmony and balance of this whole field shows great skill from the weaver.

MOROCCAN BERBER INSCRIBED PRAYER RUG which is an extremely rare example from the Ait bou Ichaouen Berbers in the eastern High Atlas. I know of no other published similar rug. The attribution is based on the unique weave pattern seen from the reverse and there is a virtually identical weave shown as plate 68 in the text book "Ait bou Ichaouen" by researchers Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers. The rug is old and has the original hanging loops at each top corner. There is minor wear in the field which corresponds exactly to the place where the knees and feet of the person praying would have been. An outstanding and serious rug which will grace any Berber collection. Reference 2762. Size 163 x 84 cms., or 5ft. 4ins. x 2ft. 9ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER INSCRIBED PRAYER RUG which is an extremely rare example from the Ait bou Ichaouen Berbers in the eastern High Atlas. I know of no other published similar rug. The attribution is based on the unique weave pattern seen from the reverse and there is a virtually identical weave shown as plate 68 in the text book "Ait bou Ichaouen" by researchers Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers. The rug is old and has the original hanging loops at each top corner. There is minor wear in the field which corresponds exactly to the place where the knees and feet of the person praying would have been. An outstanding and serious rug which will grace any Berber collection. Reference 2762. Size 163 x 84 cms., or 5ft. 4ins. x 2ft. 9ins. Euros 1150.

TURKISH YASTIK or pillow cover. An antique finely woven example probably from the region of Konya. The pile is low and the ends have been secured. It makes a fascinating wall hanging, table decoration or can be made into a pillow. Reference 3088. Size 72 x 46 cms., or 28 x 18 ins. Euros 65.

TURKISH YASTIK or pillow cover. An antique finely woven example probably from the region of Konya. The pile is low and the ends have been secured. It makes a fascinating wall hanging, table decoration or can be made into a pillow. Reference 3087. Size 66 x 47 cms., or 26 x 19 ins. Euros 85.

MOROCCAN BERBER TRIBAL RUG. This is an old piece from the Beni Sadden Berbers, a small group who live in the eastern section of the Middle Atlas Mountains east of the city of Fes. Beni Sadden weaving is very distinctive. The rugs are dense and heavy and the use of squares and diamonds often filled with Berber motifs are often used. Output is small and they are difficult to find. The best reference which gives much information and 18 color plates is in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" pages 44 to 51. Reference 2785. Size 163 x 140 cms., or 5ft. 4ins. x 4ft. 7ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER TRIBAL RUG. This is an old piece from the Beni Sadden Berbers, a small group who live in the eastern section of the Middle Atlas Mountains east of the city of Fes. Beni Sadden weaving is very distinctive. The rugs are dense and heavy and the use of squares and diamonds often filled with Berber motifs are often used. Output is small and they are difficult to find. The best reference which gives much information and 18 color plates is in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" pages 44 to 51. Reference 2785. Size 163 x 140 cms., or 5ft. 4ins. x 4ft. 7ins. Euros 440.

THIS OLD BERBER MAN drives his 1969 Peugeot pick up 420 kilometres EACH WAY from the Pre Sahara through the High Atlas and then to Marrakech every month bringing the rugs he finds. I always try to meet him, listen to the latest rug gossip and find some great pieces.

RARE BERBER MOROCCAN HORSE COVER which I found in a small village in the High Atlas. The owner was also the local dyer and the cover had a few small splashes of the Henna dye he specialized in on the surface. It is very old and has been in use. Along the way it also gathered a few catches and bruises to the ends. However, the age, depth and intensity of colors and its authenticity as a used Berber artifact made up for the disadvantages and I took it. Forgive the blemishes and enjoy it for its overall beauty. Reference 2722. Size 114 x 117 cms., or 3ft. 9ins. x 4ft. 2ins. Euros, only 195.

COLD EARLY MORNING IN A BERBER HIGH ATLAS VILLAGE and the rugs gathered by this family of dealers are about to be driven to the bazaar in Marrakech, two hundred miles away, for sale. Occasionally I find a treasure which will definately NOT make it to Marrakech. A good start to the day.