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Moroccan Straw & Wool Vintage Rugs

The Amazigh artisans reached out to nature for material for their rugs, such as natural wool, coton, etc and they also used and mastered the art of straw waving and started mixing different elements to produce remarkable rugs.   These rugs are very resistant and are perfect for indoor and outdoor settings.   This particular vintage Hassira ( Also called Hssira or Hasira) is made by the artisans of Beni Sadden/ Ait Sadden Tribe. An Amazigh tribe near the city of Fes, the word Sadden came from the Amazigh Word Assed, which means “ Light”, “those who are enlighten”.     Only few artisans kept this savoir-faire going, and unless this art is rescued we will be deprived from enjoying...

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Why you should't buy Imitation Moroccan Rugs.

The Moroccan Amazigh rugs are unique and inimitable; this uniqueness is due to the richness and diversity of Morocco’s history and the artistic know-hows of the Amazigh women that are very connected to their ecosystem and grew strong bound with earth, and wildlife. Photo credit: Azddine Gaiz Their profound connection and their affinity to freedom shows in the spontaneous expression of feelings and mind-states in their rugs; their objects of proudness.  Many shops out there, promote and sell fake Moroccan Amazigh rugs, and each rug sold is an offend towards the Amazigh artisan women. Rugs made in India, china, and other countries by machines and workers trying to copy the famous Beniourain, Boucherouite, Azilal, Ourika, Zayan and other rugs that...

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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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