Moroccan Rugs - What They Are and What Do They Do?

by Ismail Rayan

If you are looking for a unique piece of furniture and want it to be both practical and beautiful, then a moroccan rug may be what you're looking for. A moroccan rug is an ancient textile that has been used for generations as bedding. They are woven delicately by the native Moroccans, the oldest known weaving of this type of textile occurred during the Paleolithic Era, which is also the oldest known tribe to have used textile looms. Moroccan rugs are hand-made carpets, rugs, and weavings that were originally hand woven in Morocco.

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Wool was the most commonly used material in moroccan berber rugs and other textile works. The advantages of wool made textile products was that it was durable, easy to process, and had rich colors. It was a natural fiber thus making it resistant to fire and to weather. Wool was the best choice wool because it was dense and therefore would not shrink or warp when it got wet.

Natural fibers were used for rugs, however, the advantages of synthetic fibers came about with the advent of industrialization. These fibers had a shorter life span, decayed quickly, and were often stripped off of their wefts. As a result, moroccan rug weavers would often use silk fibers or nylon combined with wool fibers to create stronger textiles. The combination of these two types of fibers resulted in stronger rugs that could withstand the effects of time.

Nylon was also a common thread used in moroccan rugs, although cotton was also used occasionally. The reason for using these two different fibers was that they had different natural insulating qualities. Cotton, for instance, is a natural insulator, while nylon loses heat quickly when it is applied to a surface. This gave moroccan rug makers many choices for the fibers to be used in their rugs.

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Patterns were also important to the moroccan rugmaker. They would often choose one pattern and repeat it repeatedly on a single rug. Sometimes they would change the pattern slightly by changing the colors of the threads used. These repeating patterns would add texture, color, and vibrancy to the rug. Changing the same pattern on a rug more than was necessary could lead to an unpleasant rug, however.

When moroccan rug makers began to use synthetic fibers, they instead increased the density of the threads used, creating rugs that were finer and more uniform in their appearance. Synthetic fibers did not have the same benefits, however, as higher quality wool. The higher quality wool fibers from moroccan rug makers had more natural "bark" or elasticity and were harder to work with.

Some of the most expensive moroccan rugs were made with wool obtained from sheep called Berber. The wool would be harvested from the underbelly of the sheep, where its natural elasticity was retained. These Berber rugs were the most sought after rugs in Europe and were considered luxurious. However, the high price of these rugs dictated that only a few people in the country were able to afford them. Because of this, the supply of Berber rugs was limited, resulting in many rugs being made with cheaper fibers, such as Nylon.

Many of the designs in moroccan rugs were geometrical patterns. Geometric patterns are normally used to create patterns for flooring. There are also repeating geometric patterns, which can be found in some of the more expensive Berber rugs. The repeating pattern is what makes these moroccan rugs unique. The fact that these rugs use geometric patterns to produce repeating patterns that can stand out on a plain floor gives them unique visual qualities


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