Every Moroccan vintage rug has a story, a history. The rugs have character and soul. This makes these rugs so special and beautiful. the patterns and colors are a refelection of everyday life. Maube it looks like abstraction, but that's not the case. The Berber rugs functions as floor covering, but also as cape, blanket and bed. The rugs, for example from the High Atlas mountains, like the Beni Ourain, are thick and warm. The Beni Ourain rugs were used as protection against the very cold winters in the mountains. The rugs wich were made by the nomads from the dessert were used as a floor covering or as an awning at the front of the tent. The motives and way of knotting and weaving were passed on from generation to generation. The rugs are made for living.
The Beni Ouarain are a group of 17 Berber tribes in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The Beni Ourain rug was originally used as a warm blanket or cape, protecting the cold winters of the Atlas Mountains. The Moroccan rugs are characterized by a simple abstract geometric motif, hand knotted in pure wool. The real vintage Beni Ourain rugs you will never find wider than 220 cm / 7". So wider ones are likely new made and not vintage. The size between 200 cm and 220 cm is very hard to find. We think the vintage ones have real character and spirit. It is an expression of the daily life experiences of the persons who made it. The wool is cream colored. It can have some differences in tone depending the wool color of the sheep. Snow white vintage Beni Ourain rugs do not exist.
The Boucherouite rugs (say ''bou sje reed'') are made in the 70s and early 80s by Moroccan Berber women, for domestic use. A functional and decorative object in their homes. Since the 50s nomadism is increasingly disappearing, and production of wool from sheepherding has been much reduced. Because wool became rarer in Morocco, they started to use recycled synthetic materials such as scraps of cotton, nylon, lurex and occasionally wool. They worked intuitively so every rug is a signature of the woman who made the piece. Each Boucherouite rug will have a different pattern. No two are ever alike.
A Hanbal Boucherouite rug is a flatt weave rug made according Boucherouite techniques. Most of the time they used cotton and linen. De rugs are more lighter than the traditional Boucherouite rugs. ‚Hanbal’ refers to the weaving technique.
The Ourika rugs were handmade in Morocco by women of the Ourika valley, at the south of Marrakech. The real old Ourika rugs are more hard to find because they are getting less. The rugs were mainly made for domestic use. Often they used undyed brown or creamy wool as base, with beautiful color accents.