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Moroccan Rugs: A Short History

Moroccan Rugs: A Short History

Moroccan Amazigh rugs are recognized all over the world for their distinct beauty and welcoming look. You have heard of Beni Ouarian or kilim rugs for sure while looking for home décor inspiration on the internet. These rugs are warm and welcoming, with a seductive beauty that makes them an irresistible addition to every home or living room, as they are designed to last a lifetime.

The start of rugs selling was not on purpose, It has been growing slowly as it was not a business from the very beginning. 

Moroccan rugs were historically crafted by the Amazigh tribes to meet the shifting and harsh climatic conditions of Morocco. These tribes used to travel across the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert, and the tropical forests of Morocco. To deal with the unusual climatic circumstances, they started weaving unique rugs that represent the Amazigh culture and in order to tell storied through the making of these rugs. 

The point of making these rugs was first for a unique domestic uses only, they used to make blankets, rugs, and anything to make them warm. They were made uniquely by the local women in their spare time. Each family had their own design and their own touch that will differ them from other families. The women used to teach their daughters the art of rugs making so that it stays as a tradition in the family. The art of making rugs was and still the only way for Moroccan local Amazigh women to express themselves and demonstrate their thoughts. They have made a great job in creating these abstract pieces of art. 

As a result, these rugs became popular among other tribes. They were then passed on from generation to generation as a way of passing down the different signs used by a tribe. This is why Moroccan Amazigh rugs have so many distinct patterns and styles that each represent the very own culture of a specific tribe. 

As these rugs became more prevalent, people began to bring variety to the style patterns and color palettes. Due to the lack of equipment in ancient times, all of these rugs were made entirely by hand, from the picking of the wool to the months-long making process, natural paint dying, to the finished product.

Because of their smooth and cozy feel, the wealthy were compelled to purchase more and more Amazigh rugs. As a result, the Moroccan rug trade became a major occupation in Morocco. Following that, in Moroccan Medinas we can find all Amazigh kilim rugs, Beni Ourain rugs, boucherouite rugs, Mrirt rugs, and a variety of other rugs.

Till today, these classical, traditional rugs are created using a variety of materials, ranging from goatskin to sheep fur, using the same old methods, and they quickly became popular around the world. Yet, the creators got more creative and added a modern touch to their rugs and explored new styles and designs in terms of patterns and color palettes.  

Finally, because of their charm and immense beauty, these rugs have achieved worldwide fame and can be found in a multitude of environments, both at home and at work.