Moroccan Decor - Moroccan Berber Rug

by Ismail Rayan

Berber rug is an amazing combination of beauty and durability. Berber rugs are hand-woven traditional carpeting made in North Africa and the Sahara by the Berber peoples. The rugs come in modern and more traditional styles, which are characterized by different weaving patterns, different dyes and different fabric textures. They are widely used in homes, offices, hotels and other establishments.

Many luxurious hotels, malls and restaurants use Moroccan rugs in their living rooms. For centuries, they have been an important part of the Moroccan culture. From the Moroccan desert to the Cities of Morocco and from Morocco Cities to Moroccan tribals, the Berbers have maintained their rich culture, their traditions, their way of life, for hundreds of years. To this day, many Moroccan people still live by the traditions and crafts of their ancestors.

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The Berber tribe people originated from Morocco and are very well known and respected throughout the region. Their culture and tradition are kept alive by their descendants. The Berber language is unique due to its special sounds made by the passing of the loops of yarn through the loops of the weaving machine. Each family has a unique style of its own when it comes to making a berber rug, usually based on the place of origin.

Traditionally, most Berber rugs were crafted by women because of the nature of the weaving patterns. The wool was taken from sheep that were herded in the fields by the Berbers. The wool would be woven by individual loomers who controlled the direction of the threads. They would make the loops tighter or looser depending on what the sheep needed. The rugs were typically used as floor coverings, but over time, they evolved into carpets which can now be found in homes and offices around the world.

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Many Berber rugs are crafted with motifs of animals, nature scenes and landscapes. The most common scene depicted on a carpet is a landscape that represents the type of life the Berbers once lived. For example, a carpet depicting a field with many stones laid upon it may have been made in Morocco. Likewise, an area rug depicting a desert would be made in Morocco. These types of scenes often symbolize the way the Berbers lived.

Today, many people are drawn to the bold and colorful designs of these Berber rugs. The designs and colors of many styles resemble that of other art forms and cultures, but the unique designs of each rug maker allow them to stand out and draw attention. In many cases, the motifs are incorporated into the background or the design. Using motifs from other cultures can help to lend an eclectic or spontaneous feel to your home decor.

These kinds of carpets can come with a range of materials such as wool, silk, nylon and jute. However, the most commonly used material in making these types of rugs is wool. Interestingly enough, the popularity of these rugs has transcended between countries, as they are equally popular in Morocco as they are in Europe and the United States. In fact, many individuals prefer to use a berber rug as their floor coverings and because of their vibrant colors and patterns, they are easy to decorate with.

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The Berber people of Morocco developed the weaving traditions of their region by practicing what is known as "ranting nomadic style of weaving." This type of weaving was characterized by a focus on detail and intricate detailing. It relied heavily on the repetition of basic geometric and floral patterns to create rugs that conveyed a particular meaning. The rich history of these types of rugs make them beautiful both in appearance and in symbolism.


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