THIS RUG'S STORY:
This is the most historically significant rug I've ever had the pleasure of having in my collection. This vintage Taznakht rug made by the Ait Ouaouzguite tribe commemorates the “Green March”, a major event in the history of Morocco. For Moroccans, the Green March is so important because it marks the 1975 peaceful march of 350,000 Moroccans that ultimately led to Spain relinquishing control of the southern territories of the Sahara and giving it back to the people of those areas. You will see many dates woven into this rug. The exact significance of these dates is unknown, but could mark the birth years for children/grandchildren or other important life events in the woman's life. Also, you will find some Arabic script throughout the rug. Some of the script says," God, Homeland, King" (the motto of Morocco), and another one says the “Green March”. I love the meaning and story behind this one. It is truly a one of a kind collector's piece.
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: saffron golden tones, with red and green. Hand-knotted wool.
ESTIMATED AGE: Vintage - woven in the 1980's/90's (approx 30 yrs old)
SIZE: 47 x 72" (approximately 4 x 6')
PILE/CONDITION: low pile
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.