What To Know Before Owning a Berber Rug

by Ismail Rayan

A Moroccan Berber rug is made by the Berber people of Morocco. There are many reasons to own one, for starters these rugs are very durable and unique, moreover while choosing one you'll find yourself spoilt for choices due to their variety. Listed below are some of the benefits of a Berber rug.

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The most famous type of Moroccan Berber rugs is the Beni ourain rug, which is known for its fine geometric designs and indigo beige color. Beni rugs are distinguished from one another by the density of the knots per square meter, the fineness of the drawing, and the tightness of the knots.

Authentic Berber rugs are hand-woven by several weavers. The process of weaving them takes about two to three weeks long and requires multiple weavers. Berber rugs should be made out of 100% wool - not man-made synthetic fibers. One of the ways to spot a fake non-authentic Moroccan rug is to try to ignite one its wool, genuine Moroccan rugs are made from the best Moroccan sheeps, which is stain and fire-resistant. The price of an authentic Moroccan Berber rug can be very high, depending on the size and style.


Traditional Moroccan Berber rugs are made out of wool from animals. After harvesting the wool, it is then dyed with natural plant-based dyes and spun, the colors and designs are light and earth-toned. The accumulation of these factors turns them form normal home accessories to pieces of art. 

The beauty of vintage Moroccan Berber rugs lies in their symbolism. The women of the Berber tribe use special symbols and patterns on their rugs. They use these symbols to express the feminine energy, awakening spirituality, and strong male protection. The intricate patterns are reminiscent of ancient tales told by these Berber people. Intricate weaving techniques and natural dyes add a unique touch to Moroccan rugs. 

They are made of wool

Wool is the most traditional material used in a Moroccan rug. Wool is the material of choice for many, because it provides ample cushioning, is easy to clean, and is non-toxic. Wool is also the most expensive option, however, it is worth the high price seeing its quality and appearance. You will be glad you purchased it, it will last longer and resist matting and crushing.

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They are difficult to clean

Cleaning a berber rug requires a different process than cleaning other carpet types. Because of the tight weave, it's important to use the correct cleaning products for your particular berber carpet. If you're not sure which products are best for your berber, read on to learn more about how to clean them, then make sure to follow all cleaning instructions carefully. If you want to remove stains by hand, you can use baking soda. This will draw moisture from the fabric. To test this, place a piece of cloth on the stain. If the spot is still wet, apply a high-quality stain removal product. To make your own stain remover, mix white vinegar with water and use the same method.

Using water alone may not be enough if the spot is particularly stubborn. A mixture of vinegar and water works well if water alone doesn't work. Vinegar is effective at killing bacteria and loosening stains. If you use a cleaning solution, test a small area before applying it to the entire floor of your Berber carpet. Never use more cleaner than you need! Then, repeat the process until the stain is removed.

Cleaning a Berber rug requires some expertise and knowledge. Because the loops are tight, dirt can easily get trapped in them and be difficult to remove. It's recommended to use mats near door entrances for cleaning your shoes and keeping the floor free of dirt. While berber carpets are easy to clean in general, stains can be hard to remove. As a result, you may want to hire a professional cleaner.

If you can't get the stain out completely, try baking soda on your Berber carpet. It helps to absorb the stain and then vacuum it up. Depending on how much traffic your berber carpet receives, you can vacuum the carpet once a month or as often as every few days. If it's a high-traffic area, however, you should vacuum it weekly. The baking soda should not remain on the Berber carpet.

 

They are expensive

Most Berber rugs are quite expensive, but they are well worth the price. It is important to note that you cannot use commercial grade carpet for your home, because this will not only void your warranty but will also cause the carpet to wear and wrinkle sooner than later. Berber rugs are often considered to be the most durable, due to their high pile density and tight packing. As a result, Berber rugs may be slightly lower in density than other types of carpets, but this is a result of the construction method. The carpeting should also come with a warranty and be made to last for a few years.

Authentic Berber rugs are made of high-quality wool and other materials, so the price is justified. However fake ones have a variety of disadvantages. Depending on their quality, the loops can be easily snagged, and repairs can be costly. They can be runny and snag easily, but it is unlikely that they will tear. However, if you own a pet, keep in mind that Berber carpet is not recommended. Pet claws can cause problems, so you may want to consider other types of flooring before you purchase a Berber carpet.

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While you should not pay too much for a Berber carpet, a high priced rug will come with several advantages. They are easy to install and are durable compared to other types of carpet. Because they are durable, they are used in high-traffic commercial spaces. The loop style prevents spills from getting soaked into the fibers. In addition to being durable, you can use it throughout your entire home, including the stairs.


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