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 WELCOME TO OLD ORIENTAL CARPET.

I am Lloyd Rowcroft. I specialise in hand woven rugs, kilims, textiles and artifacts from Central Asia, the Mediterranean and North Africa.   My  adopted home since 1994 is southern Spain  and I have many collectors, enthusiasts and institutions among  650 or so customers who are spread through 39 countries.

Morocco is only a 35 minute ferry ride away and this enables me to make frequent visits to find the older and more interesting rugs,  textiles and artifacts.

I also appraise, value and restore most types of hand woven rugs.

If you have any questions or need advice please contact me.  Advice and information are always free.

Tel. (34)  617 861 520.

 

email, ldrowcroft@gmail.com.

Website, www.oldorientalcarpet.com.

facebook, Moroccan Carpets.

 

 

THIS LARGE HIGH ATLAS MOROCCAN BERBER CARPET IS THE FOCAL POINT AND COMPLIMENTS ALL THE SIMPLE FURNITURE OF A COUNTRY STYLE HOUSE IN SOUTHERN SPAIN. FOR DETAILS PLEASE SEE "LARGE CARPETS 1".

JUST SOLD TO A CUSTOMER IN TEXAS WHO IS WARMING HIS BARE TOES IN THE LUXURIOUS PILE OF THIS LUSTROUS BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS RUG.

HIGH ATLAS BERBER RUG from the Eastern High Atlas. Best quality local undyed wool has a silky, lustrous sheen. See "Medium Rugs 1." for details.

RARE PAIR OF ANTIQUE BALOUCH BAG FACES from the Balouch of Khorrasan in north east Persia. See "Tribal Bags 1" for details.

WE BUY MOST OF OUR MOROCCAN RUGS DIRECTLY FROM THE BAZAARS AND RURAL AREAS ON FREQUENT BUYING TRIPS. WE BOUGHT THIS FINE BENI OURAIN CARPET WHICH IS NOW ON THIS WEBSITE UNDER "LARGE CARPETS 1".

EVERY MONDAY MORNING IN THIS VILLAGE IN THE MIDDLE ATLAS THE SEARCHERS WHO TRAVEL THE RURAL AREAS BRING THE RUGS AND TEXTILES THEY FIND FOR AN IMPROMPTU STREET MARKET. I FIND SOME GREAT PIECES HERE AND OVER MANY YEARS HAVE ONLY MET ONE OTHER WESTERN DEALER. BUT YOU HAVE TO GET UP VERY EARLY.

RARE OLD BERBER PRAYER RUG - SEE "SMALL RUGS 1" FOR DETAILS.

ENTRANCE TO AN OLD PART OF THE BAZAAR -- SOMETHING NOT QUITE RIGHT WITH THE TRANSLATION !!

THE OPPOSITE OF SIMPLE AND SERENE -- RIOTOUS COLOURS EVERYWHERE.

WE RESTORE HAND WOVEN RUGS -- But only if the restoration is justifiable. All examination, identification, appraisal and advice is free.

A SIMPLE UNDYED BENI OURAIN RUG FROM BERBERS IN THE MIDDLE ATLAS OF MOROCCO BRINGS ALL THE UNDERSTATED PIECES IN THIS ROOM TOGETHER.

DO NOT LET THE SIGN STOP YOU - LOOK THROUGH OUR WEBSITE AND FIND FASCINATING UNIQUE PIECES FOR YOUR HOME.

HERE IS A PANEL OF 221 INDIVIDUAL UNDERGLAZED CERAMIC TILES FROM THE SAME STUDIO OF AZIM CINI IN KUTAHYA, ALSO CIRCA 1950, WHICH WE HAVE. IT MEASURES 480 X 160 CMS., OR 15FT. 9INS. X 5FT. 3INS. AND IS PART OF OUR COLLECTION OF OLD CERAMIC WORK. PLEASE SEE "ARTIFACTS 1" FOR DETAILS.

THIS IS THE INSIDE OF THE MAIN MOSQUE IN THE AMERICAN CAPITAL, WASHINGTON, DC. THE CERAMIC TILE PANEL WAS MADE OF HUNDREDS OF INDIVIDUAL CERAMIC TILES AT THE FABRIKA IN THE WESTERN TURKISH TOWN OF KUTAHYA BY THE MASTER CERAMACIST, AZIM CINI, CIRCA 1950.

BELOUCH / BALOUCH ANIMAL TRAPPING. This extraordinary neck band is from a Belouch group in Khorassan. There are four raised, round flower heads in the pile and from each one there are 2 small and 1 larger hand beaten brass bells. The beadwork is exceptional. In "The Carpets of Afghanistan" the author, R.D. Parsons, confirms that this type of bell is used for rams. Details are on "Artifacts 1".

OLD FARS KILIM containing the typical designs woven by rural weavers of repeated flower heads, bushes and shrubs seen from the sides and animals which are probably goats. Full details please see "Kilims and Flat Weaves 1".

OLD BALOUCH TRIBAL BAG FROM NORTH WEST AFGHANISTAN. IT HAS SOFT, LUSTROUS GLOWING WOOL AND SOME DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS ARE OF CAMEL HAIR. THE ORIGINAL GOAT HAIR HANGING LOOPS ARE INTACT. THE BAG WAS USED FOR THE STORAGE OF BREAD AND IS FROM THE SALOR KHANI TRIBE. FOR DETAILS SEE "TRIBAL BAGS 3".

DOUBLE SIDED MOROCCAN BERBER CARPET of very rare extra large size and originating from the Berbers of the region of Boujad in the Middle Atlas. Size 410 x 300 cms., or 13ft. 6ins. x 10ft. See "Large Carpets, page 2" for details.

THIS CARPET has a completely different design on the reverse side.

KURDISH KILIM FROM THE REGION OF QUCHAN which lies between the city of Meshed and extends north to the Persian border with Turkmenistan. Full details on "Kilims and Flat Weaves 1".

MOROCCAN BERBER ANTIQUE BEATING COMB from the Ourika Valley. The comb has a cedar wood handle and hand wrought metal shaft and teeth. The face of the plate has hand carved Berber designs which have been smoothed by decades of use. The comb is 22 cms., or 9 inches long and weighs a kilo or 2,2 pounds.

ENTRANCE TO THE WOOL BAZAAR in the Souk in Marakech. Hand spun Berber wools of all shades can be found here.

OUR RESTORATION STUDIO with an old Kurdish bag from Quchan in north east Persia ready for re-weaving an area of the torn kilim backing.