Taken from the Arabic name meaning "sweetheart", I named this rug after the gorgeous purple/red/pink coloring and the hearts that can be found woven into it! Usually Mamoucha rugs are cream colored or red, but this color combination I've never seen before! The knot construction of this rug is insane (so tightly woven!) and the size is also very large, coming in over 7' wide which is so hard to find in the vintage Moroccan tribal rugs.
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 changing to faded purple with brown and faded black and hints of light pink. Hand knotted wool.
ESTIMATED AGE:Vintage - approx. 40 years
SIZE: 84 x 123" with fringe
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.