What are the different types of Moroccan rugs?
Azilal rugs often tell stories through their use of bold colors and patterns. Originating from the high Atlas mountains, these sought-after creations are single, knotted and woven in wool with intricate patterns and symbolish.
The base of an Azilal rug is mostly a light shade of cream or white - the natural color of the wool used - then woven with brightly tinted wool colored by the regional flora.
Beni Ourain rugs are beutifully muted in their color palette. Their shades can range from cloud white through to sandy cream, and their light tones lend themselves perfectly to spacious minimalist homes.
Created by the Beni Ourain tribe in the Middle Atlas, each rug is adorned with soft black or dark brown geometric patterns and lines. The design on each rug is often asymmetrical and mismatched, adding to its charm.
Boujad rugs most often appear in warm red, pink and orange hues. They are created with the typical knotting techniques practiced by Berber tribes - but with the knot being pulled tighter, the rugs require less wool. This enables the weaver to create the intricate geometric patterns that Boujad rugs are famous for.
The colors are created by natural dyes - from flowers, berries, leaves and henna. The Boujad area is a wider area of Morocco rather than one small tribal location.
Kilim rugs are a startling contrast, and can be found adorning the tents of Berber tribes in the desert. The rugs are completely pileless and flatwoven, making them lightweight and more easily transportable.
These thinner rugs lend themselves to hotter climates and can be used to create a carpet that fills and entire rooms floor space.
One of the most playful and visually captivating types of rug are Boucherouite - created originally out of need for a warmth, in areas where there is no or little access to wool.
These rugs are often woven on a vertical loom and come in deep shades of blue, purple, brown and red. To adapt to seasonal changes, the rugs can be flipped to show the flat side during warmer months when the pile isn't required.