Moroccan rugs, the vintage beauties, have a story to tell. The Berber rugs have character and soul. This makes these Moroccan rugs so special and beautiful. The patterns and colors are a refelection of everyday life. They might look abstract, but that's not the case. The rugs were made as floor covering, but also as cape, blanket and bed.
The woolly Moroccan rugs, like the Beni Ourain, are thick and warm. They were used as protection in the very cold winters in the mountains. The rugs, which 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 traditional Berber motives and way of knotting and weaving were passed on from generation to generation. The Moroccan rugs are made for a lifetime.
It takes a lot of time to build up a collection with the most beautiful and amazing vintage rugs. We hand pick every rug ourselves. We search with love and passion to offer you the prettiest rugs.
Rug Styling Timeless Beauties
The beauty of the rugs is that they are timeless and blend in every interior. Or sometimes we say that interior blends with the rug. Nowadays the Moroccan rug trend is very hot. A lot of designers and stylists use them for their projects. There is no interior magazine you can read without seeing a Moroccan carpet in it. Sites like Elledecor and Apartment Therapy have been showing these beautiful rugs many times. If you want an unique piece and don't want to get mass produced rug, we think a vintage rug from Morocco is definitely an excellent choice.
The rugs will look amazing in any boho-chic environment but also in a contemporary Scandinavian decor. Adding a Moroccan rug to your interior will give your space an unique touch andsome subtle Moroccan flair. Whether you choose a creamy white Beni Ourain rug or a colorful Boujad rug, you will always have a perfect beauty. Of course these rugs are not only suited for your living room. They will look fabulous and elegant in your bedroom and playful in the kids room. Because there are so many styles in pile, sizes, colors and materials there's always a rug just made for you.
Because there are so my different styled Moroccan rugs we will give you some more information below per style.
Beni Ourain Rug
The Beni Ourain 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 Moroccan Atlas Mountains. The Moroccan wool rugs are characterized by a simple abstract geometric motif, hand knotted from pure wool. The real vintage Beni Ourain rugs will never be wider than 220 cm / 7". So wider ones are likely newly made and not vintage. The size between 200 cm and 220 cm is very hard to find. We think the vintage Beni rugs possess real character and spirit. It's an expression of the daily life of the woman 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 wool produced by sheepherding has been much reduced. Because wool is becoming 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 Moroccan Boucherouite rug is a signature of the woman who made the Moroccan scrap rug. Each Boucherouite rug will have a different pattern. No two will ever be alike.
Hanbal Boucherouite rug
A Hanbal Boucherouite rug is a flatweave rug made according to Boucherouite techniques. Most of the time they used cotton and linen. De Moroccan 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 really old moroccan Ourika rugs are harder to find because they are getting less. The Berber rugs were mainly made for domestic use. Often they used undyed brown or creamy wool as base material, with beautiful color accents.