Month: October 2017

A Guide To The Different Types Of Moroccan Rugs

Increasingly, more and more homeowners (and even hoteliers) are turning to handcrafted rugs to infuse an aura of simple sophistication as well as an artistic touch to their living spaces. As such, it is fair to say that rugs have a natural ability to improve the appearance of our living spaces.


This is because rugs are traditionally made of bright colours, attention-grabbing patterns, and humanising imperfections. Effectively, there are no two handmade rugs that are the same. Each rug is unique. Importantly, however, rugs also serve functional purposes. They are not just decorative items since they cover bear floors. Thus they help to warm the room and keep our feet from the sickening cold floors.


Among the most popular and in-demand rugs are the Moroccan rugs. Designed and crafted by women in their spare time, these rugs represent a wide variety of cultures, beliefs, and traditions. Not only do they exhibit the artistic aspirations of their crafters, but they are also a celebration of the diversity of traditions and cultures that exist in Morocco.


Morocco as a country is diverse in community cultures and traditions, in climate, terrain, and history. Consequently, there are numerous types of rugs emanating from the 45 different Berbers tribes while at the same time exhibiting diversity in rug characteristic. Herein, we are going to explore the various types of Moroccan rugs for your choosing.


Beautiful-Colours-Of-a-Moroccan-Kilim#1. Kilim Rugs – This type of rugs are flat woven rugs with rug piles ranging from none too thick. Nonetheless, they can be used on either side. Bright colour and intricate patterns often feature as the main distinguishing characteristics. However, you should note that every region and more specifically every tribe its style of weaving, thus resulting in a broad range of Kilim rugs. Nonetheless, the patterns used are more or less the same – geometric patterns. Additionally, the yarns used to make these rugs are dyed using natural pigments such as indigo, henna, and saffron.



Rolled-Up-Moroccan-Rugs#2. Berber rugs – The term Berber rugs describe the rugs produced by the 45 Berber tribes and are sometimes considered as rural rugs. As such, there is a considerable number of Berber rugs. However, the most traditional Berber rugs in the West are the Beni Ourain rugs. These rugs distinguish themselves from the rest by having thick shaggy piles with crisscrossing patterns. They also have knotted fringed ends. These rugs are made by the Beni Ourin tribe that resides in the Rif and Atlas Mountains, hence the thick pile construction.

Other Berber rugs that are increasingly becoming popular in the west are the Boujad and the Azilal rugs. These rugs tend to sport brighter hues as well as abstract and irregular designs, thus attaining a more contemporary feel among western consumers. Many of the rugs are bought by western textile merchants such as – Moroccan Berber Rugs , for there is a growing market for these much loved stunning rugs.


#3. Handira (Moroccan Wedding Rugs) – These are unique rugs that were traditionally designed bribes to wrap themselves with while travelling to their new home, especially in the Middle-Atlas Mountains. Owing to their particular use, they are made of soft yarn such as sheep’s wool, cotton, and linen or a combination of these types of yarn.


#4. Urban Rugs – Urban Moroccan rugs are commonly found and produced in the urban areas of Morocco, especially Rabat. These rugs tend to be heavily influenced by the Middle Eastern art of and design of creating rugs. As such, they sport diamond-shaped motifs or floral designs. They are also intricately designed and hand woven giving them a distinctive aura.


#5. Zanafi Rugs – These types of rugs are produced in the Middle Atlas region. They are characteristically long and narrow, sporting thick piles to keep their user warm during cold weather. They are typically made of woollen yarn.