MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG. A bright, colourful rug with a random scattering of Berber designs and motifs throughout the field. The colours are a deliberate contrast to the endless browns and greys of the eastern High Atlas. FOR SIMILAR SIZE PIECES SEE “SMALL RUGS”.
MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER RUG A gifted weaver has created an almost 3 dimensional look by contrasting central medallions of deep charcoal with lustrous undyed white wool in the field. There is minor use of a very light apricot highlight. This rug is from the region of Azilal in the foothills of the High Atlas, east of Marrakech. FOR SIMILAR SIZE PIECES SEE “MEDIUM RUGS 1” AND “MEDIUM RUGS 2”
MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER CARPET although very similar in appearance to the Beni Ourain carpets of the northern part of the Middle Atlas mountains, this particular piece was woven by Berbers in the southern region of Marmoucher. Undyed shades of ivory, charcoal and a little chestnut brown have been used and the wool is of exceptional quality and silkiness. FOR CARPETS OF SIMILAR SIZE SEE "LARGE/XL.CARPETS"
MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS FLAT WEAVE OR HANBEL. Hanbel is the term used to describe this type of flat weave or kilim and which has sections of knotted pile and various techniques of embroidered bands across the width. They are the versatile weavings of rural Berbers and are used as floor covers, curtains and covers for piles of storage bags. This beautiful piece is from the High Atlas south of Marrakech. FOR MORE KILIMS AND FLAT WEAVES SEE “KILIMS 1” AND “KILIMS 2”
MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS BAG / CUSHION. This type of weaving is often used as a pillow at night and cushion during the day by Berbers in their rural dwellings. There is an opening along one of the long edges wide enough to permit a hand to insert a stuffing. For more pieces like this please see the "BAGS/ARTIFACTS" pages 1, 2, 3 and 4.
MOROCCAN BERBER ARTIFACT. This old, smoke blackened, well used artifact is a hand held chimney. When Berbers in the High Atlas steal honey they light a fire in the bowl, put it in the nest and force the bees out. For more examples of artifacts please see the "OTHER ARTIFACTS" page.
BREAD AND TEA PRECEDES EVERY DISCUSSION. Buying rugs from a Berber in the High Atlas mountains. I travel through Morocco frequently and buy direct.
SHARING BREAD AND TEA before buying rugs from Afghans in the North West Frontier in Central Asia.