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HERE YOU WILL FIND rugs of the size 181 to 275cms., or 6ft. to 9ft. long with various width sizes.

Please send any questions or enquiries to me at ldrowcroft@gmail.com

HAMADAN REGION RUG which is full of contradictions and needs explaining. It is exceptionally heavy, yet so flexible it can be wafted when on the ground. This is because the foundation warps and wefts are of fine cotton and the wool knotted pile is also very fine. This combination not only ensures durability but clarity of design as well. The knotting pattern shows it is the work of the Borchelou people in the western Persian province of Hamadan. Borchelou villages lie midway between the Kurdisn weavers of Bidjar to the west and the village of Tafrish to the east. The graceful portrayal of roses and urns is borrowed from Bidjar and the salmon colour and design of the centre is from Tafrish. Only the main border is a design used by the Borchelou. A fascinating old piece in impeccable original condition. Reference 3326. Size 237 x 169 cms., or 9ft. x 5ft. 7ins. Euros 980.

AN INTRICATE CENTRE MEDALLION is surrounded by roses and the flower filled garden has six ornate urns along the side paths. The main border is one long row of delicate roses in full blossom.

STREET FOOD, MARRAKECH STYLE. The early evening air is filled with smoke from open fires.

DEEP IN THE BAZAAR a shaft of sunlight makes an ideal sleeping place for one of the residents

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG which is a really old soft, supple piece with many weft threads which allow it to be wrapped around the body for maximum warmth in the cold High Atlas winters. The wool is silky to the feel. The colors are undyed shades of ivory and mid-brown local Berber wool and the rug is from the Azilal region. Weaving from the Berbers of Azilai is comprehensively described in the excellent book "Morokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 113 onwards. Reference 2773. Size 191 x 100 cms., or 6ft. 3ins. x 4ft. Euros 485.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG which is a really old soft, supple piece with many weft threads which allow it to be wrapped around the body for maximum warmth in the cold High Atlas winters. The wool is silky to the feel. The colors are undyed shades of ivory and mid-brown local Berber wool and the rug is from the Azilal region. Weaving from the Berbers of Azilai is comprehensively described in the excellent book "Morokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 113 onwards. Reference 2773. Size 191 x 100 cms., or 6ft. 3ins. x 4ft. CLOSE UP.

I remember the number -- 56 -- of this old riyad but can never remember the name of the alley it is in. Once inside .... heaven.

Inside. And hundreds of rugs to examine and feel for the wool quality, knotting and condition. Ali has been looking after me for 9 years and on every visit shares his knowledge of the area and the rugs. This is the start of the journey to a new home for the Ait Douchen rug.