Choosing the Perfect Carpet
Women of the Loom
Choosing the right carpet for your home comes down to three basic check points: Color, Texture, and Size.
A rug will read as one of the largest pieces of "furniture" in the space, so be sure to take into account the tones in your flooring, walls and other fixed finishes when selecting. But don't play it too safe: a boldly patterned or brightly colored rug can be just the ticket to lift a room to the next level.
Moroccan Carpet Motifs, Patterns, and Designs
In the rural ares of Morocco, weaving involves the social gathering of women. Berber women sing and chant about times of prosperity and romance and tell tales of superstition and magic as work. Berber women are the main weavers of decorative textiles and are assisted by their daughters or young girls learning the craft.
We traveled to the source of Les Nomades de Marrakech's contemporary rugs, otherwise known as Mrirt rugs and met the beautiful, talented Berber women that specialize in art of weaving.
The Origin of Textiles in Morocco
Ever wonder what those abstract and sometimes ineligible pictures mean on Moroccan carpets? Throughout the history of Moroccan weavings and textiles there has been a reoccurring collection of symbols, motifs, and tattoos used by artisans in their work. Weaving motifs, patterns, and designs in Moroccan textiles act on different levels. They can identify a family or tribe, through tattoos or wasms (Arabic for tribal identity marks). Certain designs ward off evil and bring good luck depending on the significance of each symbol used.
While yellow babouches and painted tajines may be all the rage in the souks, textiles and weaving is really where the heart of true Moroccan artistry lies. Textile production is the most substantial artistic tradition of Morocco. The number of Moroccans involved in textiles and the extent of materials used is immense.