It isn't everyday as a rug collector you come across a vintage red Marmoucha rug like this, but when you do, you grip it up fast! This one has such an intricate design, it is immediately what drew me in. The name Sahir means “charming” in Arabic, and he truly is!
Marmoucha is a sub-tribe of the famous Beni Ourain tribe, but just like the Beni's they feature higher dense pile and a thick knot construction. This rug was woven in the Middle Atlas mountain region in Morocco, where temperatures can change drastically. These pieces are significant to Berber culture as the higher pile kept members of the family warm. Traditionally these rugs were not used purely for decorative purposes, but more commonly as blankets or to sleep on!
ABOUT MOROCCAN RUGS:
Each vintage Moroccan rug is hand woven and knotted by Berber women of the tribal region specified. This level of craftsmanship can take up to weeks or months to complete a single rug. Weaving techniques have been passed down through the generations. The patterns, designs, and colors in each rug vary with each rug, weaver, and tribe – so each piece is truly a unique work of art and 2 pieces will never be the same. Often these rugs have been handed down through the families who created them, and have been uncovered from the mountain and rural areas of Morocco.
COLORS/MATERIALS: faded red, gold, gray, and hints of cream. Hand knotted wool.
ESTIMATED AGE:Vintage - approx 40 years
SIZE: 78 x 104" (not including tassels)
PLEASE NOTE:Because this is a handmade item, there may be slight imperfections in weaving, pattern, or shape. Please note all vintage items have endured a previous life and so may have slight wear and repairs.