My name is Najlae, I am a Moroccan Amazigh interior designer and founder of the atelier "Atlas Secrets". I take pride in promoting the Amazigh Arts and Crafts. It is my way of giving back to my community and sharing the beautiful artifacts, I grow up around and witnessed the women of my family waving.
“Atlas Secrets” is a family business after all. We offer diverse Moroccan Tribal Arts and Crafts ranging from stunning Wedding Blankets to unique Rugs along with Moorish inspired Poufs / Ottomans.
The collection offered is composed of items we hand pick in remote rural markets of Morocco along with creations made in our atelier nested in the heartland of the Moroccan Amazigh people, my people.
Through our antiquing trips in the remote rural tribal areas of Morocco, we strive to collect nostalgic but functional and design vintage rugs and wedding blankets that convey the ancestral tribal art of my Amazigh people.
The Atelier employs some of the most talented and amazing Amazigh Women weavers. Their incredible know-how and craftsmanship heritage puts us in a unique position to offer exclusive creations and offers offers the flexibility to handle various requests ranging from Specific customs designs to authentic traditional creations.
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About Moroccan Rugs:
To know more about the origins of the Moroccan Berber carpets, the following quoted text from my favorite reference (Berber Carpets of Morocco: The Symbols Origin and Meaning) sums it up quite nicely:
"The top artistic quality of Moroccan Berber Carpets has already been a source of inspiration to artists such as Paul Klee and Le Corbusier. Genuine Moroccan Berber Carpets are not the successors of well known Oriental carpets dating from the Islamic Era but similarities in knotting techniques and certain motifs point to common roots harking back to the neolithic period in Asia Minor. Because textiles wear out over time and a sequence of carpets across time and millennia no longer exist to prove the point. Yet, many research works and publications do link motifs of Berber carpets to wall arts symbols and artifacts created by the first human civilizations, demonstrating that Berber carpets employ the same rules when using symbols and shapes and that there is a stunning similarity of correlation even with the characteristics evident during the Upper Paleolithic period in Europe or the Neolithic Orient with the Mediterranean basin. The Berber carpet can therefore be considered as a definitive, genuine testimony of this archaic world." The symbolic language in these carpets is stunning and powerful and worth the study.
"Beni Ourain": Beni Ouarain or Beni Aourain carpets are considered the most prestigious rugs in the world, handmade from the very finest wool, every piece you take is the only piece, one of its kind. These rugs are luxurious and perfect for any interior design. The Beni Ouarain off-white carpet can be used in many decorating styles, not overloaded with colours and patterns: They put more value in the furniture, whether antique wooden furniture, leather lounges or design furniture.
"Azilal" and "Ourika": No-one knows exactly how long they have existed. No-one can say where they are from.No-one knows what their predecessors were or what they might have looked like. Many people are amazed that they have remained a secret for so long. We’re talking about rugs from the central regions of the High Atlas in Morocco. Over the past 15 years, these rugs have attracted a great deal of attention both in the decorative market and especially in the market for art-loving collectors. They feature great creativity in terms of design; they combine irregular and abstract patterns with numerous Berbers symbols and diamonds based graphics.
Azilal carpets originate from Morocco and exactly, as their name suggests, from the craggy Azilal region of the High Atlas mountains North-East Marrakech. They are often decorated with colored materials such as wool and cotton tainted with vegetable dye or threads of recycled cloth of different colors. Azilal carpets’ background is ivory /cream, made of naturel virgin wool.
"Boucherouite": Anyone familiar with the lively Moroccan rug and carpet market will have noticed the emergence in recent years of a previously little known type of ‘rag rug’ (called Boucherouite or Boucherwit, from Moroccan Arabic bu sherwit, ‘a piece torn from pre-used clothing’, ‘scrap’) which marks the (provisional) end of a development in which the traditional materials used for weaving (mainly sheep’s wool) are rapidly being augmented and substituted. This development is an inevitable consequence of widespread economic, social and cultural changes in Morocco’s rural areas: with the move away from nomadic animal husbandry to settled farming and other modern forms of rural employment, wool as the primary raw material for the production of carpets for Moroccan domestic use has become ever rarer, and replacement materials have become ever more important. The materials used include recycled rag strips and yarns from a variety of ‘found’ textile remnants including wool, cotton, synthetic fibres, Lurex, nylon and plastic.This development started during the 1960s and 1970s in the plains – mainly settled by Arabs – around the towns of Beni Mellal and Boujaâd