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How to take care of your Moroccan Wool Rug?

Moroccan Wool rugs are very resilient yet delicate rugs. If you take care of your Moroccan rug and showed it the love it deserves it will re-pay you back and last for generations. Since there are many types of rugs i.e. Azilal, Ourika, Hanbel, Handira, Flat kilim, Beniourain, Zayan Red rugs, Boucherouite etc, there are also many ways of taking care of these different types. Yet, some care tips are valid for all.  Color Avoid direct exposition to the sun, but if it is not possible then try to rotate the rug every week/month to even the fading and to look uniformed. Dusting The enemy number one of wool rugs is dust. Dust and dirt affect the fibers of the...

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FAKE Beniourain Rugs ... Sad story

I had in mind to clear this matter and I wanted to blog about it for sometime now. I really get frustrated to see some very respected Interior Designers publishing projects with Beni Ourain Rugs that look so neat and so perfect in both colors and motifs, in other words so, so Industrial. Let me be clear these are not genuine Beni Ourains, they simply cant be, by definition, the Beni Ourains are not to be perfect in all angles... I needed to set the record on this matter and I am doing it now... No doubt, the "Beni Ourain" rugs are the most popular among the Moroccan Amazigh (Berber) carpets. They are named after a confederation of seventeen Amazigh...

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Rugs & Symbols, A fertility Prayer

We all appreciate the Moroccan rugs with their beautiful colors and intriguing geometric designs and we often wonder … We wonder about these signs, are they a simple expression of an artistic vision or are they really some kind of coded language? Many do believe that the signs are the story of Amazigh tribes and its people. However, I believe it is more of a personal narration, a story of the wonderful Amazigh women, their struggles, hopes, dreams, prayers and more... Each rug is a true feminine saga. A kind of a time line that reflects events, feelings and occasions throughout the duration of the weaving of the rug. If the rugs were only about the history of the tribes...

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Blue Pearl of the north, Chefchaouen

Green, Green everything is green no wait blue, blue everything is blue… One of the things I love the most concerning morocco is the diversity in its cities, whether in landscape, architectural, costumes or food. Today’s visit is taking us to the Blue Pearl of the north; a small town perched in a sea of greenery, against a dramatic backdrop of the grandiose Rif Mountains, it is the town of “Chefchaouen” or as we, the local, call it “ Shaouen”. During the forced Muslims and Jewish immigration by the Christians from Spain towards Morocco, many choose to settle in “ Shouen” and to help themselves they brought with them elements of their homeland, including the green color for their doors...

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Moroccan Art Street : Mogador’s Walls

“Mogador” known now as “Essaouira”, is a western coastal city in Morocco. The relatively new name “Essaouira” came from the Arabic word “ Sur or Suur” which means “ Rampart”, reason why I choose this particular city to start this series of “Moroccan Art Street”.  It is also very important to mention that “ Essaouira” is a UNISCO World Heritage listed city, as an example of late 18th century fortified town. I will definitely blog about my latest trip and all the valuable information I leant, where I stayed, ate and some other tips. Back to our unframed art, that some do consider vandalism, since most of these Graffiti’s or Guerilla’s Art are not commissioned but somewhat a free way...

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