Over the years of living in Essaouira I have become very interested in the antique moroccan rugs from various villages in the Atlas mountains.
I have recently been sourcing these beautiful works of art for various clients mainly in the Uk. If anyone is interested I have a few samples of 4 of my favourites and would be more than happy to source for anyone whether it be 1 rug or 200! Shipping can be arranged and is guaranteed to arrive as I work with a professional shipping company over here. Unfortunately these rugs are dying out as the world, even in morocco, has become more modern and looms are now being used which takes away most of the character, in say 50 years these rugs will be no longer found, they really are a treasure! Please contact me if you think I can help.
These are my favourite. Predominantly white with black diamonds, triangles or naive figures on top, each rug is a one off piece made normally by the woman in the family quite a few years after she has had children. Normally this rug would be worked on for an hour or two each day and take about a year to complete. Once finished it would be used in the house to keep feet off a cold concrete floor. They are all hand made and exquisite, made with a special breed of small sheep from the Middle Atlas mountains, this wool is considered to be the best quality in all of Morocco.
The Azilal: Similar to the above in the way that these rugs are made in a woman's spare time but they don't take quite as long to make as a Beni Oauran. These too are quite wonderful, they are made in the high atlas, the background is always white, then naive shapes and vibrant symmetrical colours are woven on top, They rarely come in large sizes(maximum 3 metres by 1m 50)
The Boujad is from the middle atlas, again family made to use on the floor of the family home, these rugs are a lot more colourful.
These rugs are from North Marrakech and usually come in vibrant colours. Their main characteristic is that the rug is finished with a goat hair edging.
These rugs are all one off original pieces all made by hand, they have all been professionally cleaned. Please note they are antiques and some imperfections may be found, normally on the underside of the rugs.