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the Berbers came to North Africa around 1500 B.C. they brought
with them primitive weaving techniques which developed over the
millennia into the
complex techniques required for their prestigious traditional textiles.
The loom is still an important possession in traditional Moroccan homes
|Pile of Rural Rugs
Carpets form Morocco's
largest craft export and make up close to half of all Moroccan
crafts. In recent years Moroccan flat
weave and pile rugs have become
scholars and collectors for the complexity and skill of their weaving.
Unlike rugs from Central Asia and the Middle East, Moroccan rugs,
from Anatolian influence, are prized for their individuality. Each rug
is a unique work of art and the expression of the individual weaver's
creativity, repetition in design reduces its value.
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Kasbah we concentrate on the Rural rugs from the Berber
Tribes of the Atlas Mountains and the Berber-Arab Tribes of the plains
of Marrakesh. Although each rug is unique, Moroccan Rural rugs are
in their color, design and
weave. They are identified by region and tribe (of which there are over
600) although more recent intermarriage between tribes results in
blurring of the boundaries.
rural rugs are woven from hand spun fleece or of goat or camel hair,
hand dyed from natural vegetable and mineral sources available locally.
The strong tradition of family weaving still thrives today; skilled
weavers being highly respected within the community and for many
rural peoples they provide the single luxury items in the home.
rugs are still made using traditional techniques on fixed-heddle looms
majority incorporate some commercially produced synthetic dyes and may
have a cotton foundation (warp and weft threads) which
generally produces a straighter rug. The
rugs, however, are 100% wool, goat or camel hair.
materials Berber rugs are made from, together with the freedom of
design, result in products of unparalleled richness
and beauty which cannot
fail to enhance any home.
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Rugs & Flat WeavesRural Rugs are
commonly recognised as knotted
pile rugs and flat
weaves or hanbels (also referred erroneously to as kilims) although
many combine the two techniques.
Pile Weave is a
technique in which knots are tied around pairs of longitudinal warp
threads, or as in the case of the very special Berber Knot
four warp threads.
The knots are packed tightly into place between the woven rows
of the weft and the knotted
strands are then either cut to the required length of pile or left as
uncut loops. Individual tribes use a number of specific knotting
techniques. These rugs are traditionally used pile side up
for sleeping on.
Flat Weaves encompass several techniques which include the
traditional compound weave known as 'Weft Substitution'. The 'Weft
Substitution' technique forms a double sided textile in which
alternatively combine with the warp in a plain weave
loops and loose ends on the other side of the fabric. Up to six
different colours make up each set of wefts in short lengths of
threads and result in an intricate multicoloured
the opposite face. This technique requires great skill to produce, the
geometric designs being worked from the back side of the rug. Moroccan
weavers have developed this technique over
and above all other weavers producing prestigious rugs with incredible
detail over their entirety.
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