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Approx. Size 2 m x 1.5 m
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A 30+ years old Vintage Rug from the region of Azilal in the outskirts of the High Atlas Mountains. The region is internationally famous for its Specific rug designs and Vintage rugs from this region are scarce and the demand for them keeps increasing year on year. It is a gorgeous thick, soft and fluffy rug.
About "Azilal" and "Ourika" Rugs: 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.
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.