May 21, 2021 1 Comment
Thanks to their lasting presence and historic influence, It is no surprise that the famous Moroccan rugs hold an important status in the kingdom's heritage. But are you familiar with the story behind this ancestral tradition and when and how it first originated?
According to the history books, the rug-creating process in the region dates back to the 7th century where rugs and carpets were handmade by North-African tribes with expert weaving techniques that are miraculously still used to this day.
It all started in the heart of the Moroccan Atlas mountains, home to most of the Berber and nomadic tribes behind the useful and artistic rug-making tradition. The practical know-how quickly turned into a cultural and even mythical practice as each family or tribe was proud and known for a specific style and unique dye recipe that differentiate it from the rest.
Similarly and over the years, each tribe has come to be known for specific usage of patterns, design details, colors, and weaving techniques that speak of their cultural heritage and identity while making sure that the precious know-how was proudly passed down from one generation to the next. This strong sense of ownership explains the rich and distinct design choices we are spoilt with today ranging from the subtleness of Beni Ourrain carpets to the artful looking Boucherwite rugs.
The ancestral know-how was mainly born out of the need for surviving the harsher weather conditions and to raise the comfort of everyday life. Depending on their thickness, design, and sizes, the various carpets were used not just for warmth but also as bed coverings, sleeping mats, fancier clothing attire, or even saddle coverings.
Aside from the practical use and physical protection provided by the durable rugs, it was wildly believed by the local tribes that certain rug designs and symbols can serve as protection against evil and bad energy.
What adds to the intrigue and authenticity of these pieces is the meaningful significance behind the most commonly used tribal symbols. For example, it is thought that the typical diamond shape represents femininity and the power and responsibility that comes with it.
The high value of Moroccan rugs comes down to their incredible quality, as they are skillfully woven using ancient techniques, natural fabrics, and dyes. Also the uniqueness of each artistic piece and the cultural background it holds adds greatly to their authenticity. and more importantly, the handmade weaving process is a time-consuming task, depending on their overall size and pattern, one rug can take a skilled weaver, weeks, or even months of consistent manual work to achieve completion.
Armed with unparalleled ancient know-how, the tribal women in the heart of the Atlas mountains still work tirelessly nowadays to transform wool and other natural fibers into the mesmerizing authentic Moroccan rugs that we all know and admire, still coming in their various patterns and timeless fashion to perfectly complement any interior aesthetics.
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