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I specialise in Moroccan rugs and textiles and, as I live in the southern tip of Spain and Morocco is only a 35 minute ferry ride away, am able to share my time between the two countries.

 

The pieces on these pages are all in stock in my  studio  in Spain. I work closely and frequently with major warehouses in Morocco itself and can therefore find you virtually any rug by colour, size and design from the 1,000’s of pieces available.

 

If you would like to use this service please contact me with your requirements and I will work closely with you to provide a short list with photos, sizes and details. These pieces will be shipped direct from Morocco.

 

Lloyd Rowcroft

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MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. This old carpet is from the region of Ait Ouaouzguite in the High Atlas mountains south of Marrakech. The dyes include colours taken from henna, saffron and curcuma. It is in good original condition with full pile, complete ends and overcasting. There is a small reweave in the top kilim end border. A similar piece with these panel designs is shown in "From Sign to Image - The Moroccan Carpet" pages 169 to 171. Reference 2078. Size 270 x 160cms, 7ft x 5ft 3ins, Euros 820.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. This old carpet is from the region of Ait Ouaouzguite in the High Atlas mountains south of Marrakech. The dyes include colours taken from henna, saffron and curcuma. It is in good original condition with full pile, complete ends and overcasting. There is a small reweave in the top kilim end border. A similar piece with these panel designs is shown in "From Sign to Image - The Moroccan Carpet" pages 169 to 171. Reference 2078. Size 270 x 160cms, 7ft x 5ft 3ins. Close up.

Only 13 miles separate my home in southern Spain from Morocco. It is only a 35 minute ferry to the northern city of Tangier. From there it is four wheel driving to the edge of the Sahara

Traditional kilims, cushions and pillows provide a relaxing interior. See many examples of pillow covers on Morocco "Page 6".

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS FLAT WEAVE - A very old long piece which has seven panels divided by finely embroidered borders. The shape indicates that it would line the inside of a tent and sometimes be used for seating on ceremonial occasions. It is from the Ait Youssi Berber group in the western Middle Atlas and is in excellent condition. Reference 2193. Size 440 x 92 cms. 14ft.7in. x 3ft. Euros 560.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS FLAT WEAVE - A very old long piece which has seven panels divided by finely embroidered borders. The shape indicates that it would line the inside of a tent and sometimes be used for seating on ceremonial occasions. It is from the Ait Youssi Berber group in the western Middle Atlas and is in excellent condition. Reference 2193. Size 440 x 92 cms. 14ft.7in. x 3ft. Euros 560. CLOSE UP-

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS FLAT WEAVE. A huge magnificent old Hanbel from the Beni Mtir group of Berbers in the northern Middle Atlas near Meknes. It was probably used as the communal sleeping cover for a Berber family. Reference 2136. Size 429x145 cms, 14ft 1ins x 4ft 8ins, Euros 1450.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS FLAT WEAVE. A huge magnificent old Hanbel from the Beni Mtir group of Berbers in the northern Middle Atlas near Meknes. It was probably used as the communal sleeping cover for a Berber family. Reference 2136. Size 429x145 cms, 14ft 1ins x 4ft 8ins, Euros 1450. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER BAG / PILLOW The kilim flat weave foundation of this bag is the finest I have seen and the complex and varied designs on both front and back make this a very rare example. The portrayal of rows of flowers on the face are knotted in white and apricot coloured wools and the fine white embroidery on both sides is of cotton. The use of pistachio green, which is more noticeable on the reverse, is very unusual. It is old yet in excellent condition. Reference 2640. Size 50 x 38cms. 1ft.8in. x 1ft.3in. Euros 190.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER BAG / PILLOW The kilim flat weave foundation of this bag is the finest I have seen and the complex and varied designs on both front and back make this a very rare example. The portrayal of rows of flowers on the face are knotted in white and apricot coloured wools and the fine white embroidery on both sides is of cotton. The use of pistachio green, which is more noticeable on the reverse, is very unusual. It is old yet in excellent condition. Reference 2640. Size 50 x 38cms. 1ft.8in. x 1ft.3in. Euros 190. REVERSE

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS BAG / CUSHION. This type of weaving is often used as a pillow at night and cushion during the day by Berbers in their rural dwellings. There is an opening along one of the long edges wide enough to permit a hand to insert a stuffing. It is very unusual for one side to be completely piled, however this does happen with the Beni Jelidassen Berber group in the central High Atlas. The small diamond design and use of deep madder and green is often found in their weaving and they are described, with a colour plate of a cushion, in "Maroc, Tapis de Tribus" on pages 42-43. Reference 2606. Size 75 x 37cms. 2ft.5in. x 1ft.3in. Euros 150.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS BAG / CUSHION. This type of weaving is often used as a pillow at night and cushion during the day by Berbers in their rural dwellings. There is an opening along one of the long edges wide enough to permit a hand to insert a stuffing. It is very unusual for one side to be completely piled, however this does happen with the Beni Jelidassen Berber group in the central High Atlas. The small diamond design and use of deep madder and green is often found in their weaving and they are described, with a colour plate of a cushion, in "Maroc, Tapis de Tribus" on pages 42-43. Reference 2606. Size 75 x 37cms. 2ft.5in. x 1ft.3in. REVERSE.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. Early 20th century carpet from Ait Ouaouzguite in the Djebel Siroua which is the region between the High and the Anti Atlas. Some of the wool is undyed and the colours include henna, saffron and indigo. Similar pieces can be seen in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" plate 43, and "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" plate 59. Reference 2071. Size 275 x 145 cms., 9ft. x 4ft.9in. Euros 1380.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. Early 20th century carpet from Ait Ouaouzguite in the Djebel Siroua which is the region between the High and the Anti Atlas. Some of the wool is undyed and the colours include henna, saffron and indigo. Similar pieces can be seen in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" plate 45, and "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" plate 59. Reference 2071. Size 275 x 145 cms., 9ft. x 4ft.9ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER RUG A gifted weaver has created an almost 3 dimensional look by contrasting central medallions of deep charcoal with lustrous undyed white wool in the field. There is minor use of a very light apricot highlight. This rug is from the region of Azilal in the foothills of the High Atlas, east of Marrakech. Reference 2553. Size 227 x 142cms. 7ft.5in. x 4ft.8in. Euros 825.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER RUG A gifted weaver has created an almost 3 dimensional look by contrasting central medallions of deep charcoal with lustrous undyed white wool in the field. There is minor use of a very light apricot highlight. This rug is from the region of Azilal in the foothills of the High Atlas, east of Marrakech. Reference 2553. Size 227 x 142cms. 7ft.5in. x 4ft.8in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS BAG / PILLOW from the Berber group Ait Sergrouchan in the eastern High Atlas mountains close to the Algerian border. This is a very old piece with fine embroidered design embellished with many metal sequins. Very fine white cotton has been used for emphasis. This work is very little known but there is a piled rug from this tribe which has some elements of these designs and which is shown as Plate 34 in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2641. Size 66 x 30cms. 2ft.2in. x 1ft. Euros 195.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS BAG / PILLOW from the Berber group Ait Sergrouchan in the eastern High Atlas mountains close to the Algerian border. This is a very old piece with fine embroidered design embellished with many metal sequins. Very fine white cotton has been used for emphasis. This work is very little known but there is a piled rug from this tribe which has some elements of these designs and which is shown as Plate 34 in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2641. Size 66 x 30cms. 2ft.2in. x 1ft. Euros 195. BACK.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS OLD CARPET. The Ait Sgougou Berber group is a small tribe who live in the Middle Atlas mountains between the weaving areas of Mrirt and Oulmes. Their work is distinctive and the dyes used in this piece are typical. There are several small areas in the pile where designs have been incorporated in flat weave and this is a very rare facet. The piece is in excellent condition and the length of pile indicates that it could have been used for warmth as a sleeping rug. It dates from the middle of the last century. There is a very similar example featured as Plate 18 on pages 60 and 61 of "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2125. Size 278 x 150, 9ft 2ins x 5ft. Euros 1,450.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS OLD CARPET. The Ait Sgougou Berber group is a small tribe who live in the Middle Atlas mountains between the weaving areas of Mrirt and Oulmes. Their work is distinctive and the dyes used in this piece are typical. There are several small areas in the pile where designs have been incorporated in flat weave and this is a very rare facet. The piece is in excellent condition and the length of pile indicates that it could have been used for warmth as a sleeping rug. It dates from the middle of the last century. There is a very similar example featured as Plate 18 on pages 60 and 61 of "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2125. Size 278 x 150, 9ft 2ins x 5ft. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS SADDLE BAG which is a very rare example from the Berber tribe Beni M'guild. The deep purple used for the foundation kilim and which is plied together with deep indigo for the original fastening ropes is often used in the tribe's piled carpets. The bag faces are embellished with multi-coloured woollen decorations and the same wools have been used for the extensive tassel work. A spontaneous and unique tribal artifact. Reference 2542. Size 100 x 37cms. 3ft.3in. x 1ft.3in. without tassels. Euros 525.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS SADDLE BAG which is a very rare example from the Berber tribe Beni M'guild. The deep purple used for the foundation kilim and which is plied together with deep indigo for the original fastening ropes is often used in the tribe's piled carpets. The bag faces are embellished with multi-coloured woollen decorations and the same wools have been used for the extensive tassel work. A spontaneous and unique tribal artifact. Reference 2542. Size 100 x 37cms. 3ft.3in. x 1ft.3in. without tassels. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CAPE. A finely woven example from the region of the village of Imilchil. These capes, or "handiras", are worn by women, especially during the annual wedding festival which takes place in September. Authentic capes are partly oval in shape.. Reference 2147. Size approx.176 x 135cms. 5ft.9in. x 4ft.5in. Euros 170.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CAPE. A finely woven example from the region of the village of Imilchil. These capes, or "handiras", are worn by women, especially during the annual wedding festival which takes place in September. Authentic capes are partly oval in shape.. Reference 2147. Size approx.176 x 135cms. 5ft.9in. x 4ft.5in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS BAG / CUSHION. A seriously old early 20th century piece from a small Berber group in the western Middle Atlas. Most unusually, the face is knotted pile which now has a lovely patina and the whole bag is soft and supple with age. The centre medallion is probably copied from a carpet but the rest of the motifs are typically rural Berber. The reverse has wear on the bottom corners of the kilim back. An interesting piece for a collection. Reference 2607. Size 55 x 32cms. 1ft.10ins. x 1ft.1in. Euros 140.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS BAG / CUSHION. A seriously old early 20th century piece from a small Berber group in the western Middle Atlas. Most unusually, the face is knotted pile which now has a lovely patina and the whole bag is soft and supple with age. The centre medallion is probably copied from a carpet but the rest of the motifs are typically rural Berber. The reverse has wear on the bottom corners of the kilim back. An interesting piece for a collection. Reference 2607. Size 55 x 32cms. 1ft.10ins. x 1ft.1in. REVERSE.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS BAG FACE, one of the rarest examples available today. It is probably from the Ait Hammou tribe in the Ait bou Ichaouen region of the eastern High Atlas. There are two bi-planes (with depictions of bombs alongside them) which record the terror inflicted on this tribe in the early 1930`s after their failed uprising against the French rule of that time. Berbers draw design inspirations from history, superstition and also the land around them. The large motif in the bottom panel is a depiction of a cross, the four points of which weaken and disperse the look from the evil eye. A bronze age dagger is shown in top right hand field. The bombing raids and references, with color plates, are extensively covered in the authoratitive book "Ait bou Ichaouen" by the researchers Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers. This is an important piece. Reference 2662. Size 84 x 45 cm., 2ft. 9ins, x 1ft. 6ins. Euros 680.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS BAG FACE, one of the rarest examples available today. It is probably from the Ait Hammou tribe in the Ait bou Ichaouen region of the eastern High Atlas. There are two bi-planes (with depictions of bombs alongside them) which record the terror inflicted on this tribe in the early 1930`s after their failed uprising against the French rule of that time. Berbers draw design inspirations from history, superstition and also the land around them. The large motif in the bottom panel is a depiction of a cross, the four points of which weaken and disperse the look from the evil eye. A bronze age dagger is shown in top right hand field. The bombing raids and references, with color plates, are extensively covered in the authoratitive book "Ait bou Ichaouen" by the researchers Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers. This is an important piece. Reference 2662. Close up of bi-plane and bomb.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS DOUBLE SADDLE BAG from the region of Zemmour. PUBLISHED IN "ORIENTAL RUGS: AN ILLUSTRATED LEXICON OF MOTIFS, MATERIALS AND ORIGINS" by Peter Stone, page 316. The bag itself has a very fine embroidered design on both panels and has been further embellished by extensive use of metal sequins. See `Splendeurs du Maroc` - Musee Royal de l`Afrique Centrale, 1998, page 148. Reference 2012. Size 104 x 37cms, 3ft 5ins x 1ft 3ins, Euros 385.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS DOUBLE SADDLE BAG from the region of Zemmour. PUBLISHED IN "ORIENTAL RUGS: AN ILLUSTRATED LEXICON OF MOTIFS, MATERIALS AND ORIGINS" by Peter Stone, page 316. The bag itself has a very fine embroidered design on both panels and has been further embellished by extensive use of metal sequins. See `Splendeurs du Maroc` - Musee Royal de l`Afrique Centrale, 1998, page 148. Reference 2012. Size 104 x 37cms, 3ft 5ins x 1ft 3ins. CLOSE UP.

2nd SIDE OFMOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER DOUBLE SIDED PILLOW / CUSHION. It is very rare to find a complete piled double sided pillow. It is one piece folded over and joined with an opening along one edge to allow for filling. It is from the Ait Bou Ichaouen Berber group in the remote eastern High Atlas. The design of motifs within squares or rectangles is very unusual but there is an example of this technique shown as Plate 70 in the text book "Ait Bou Ichaouen" by Alfred and Suzanne Sauniers. Reference 2011 Size 104 x 41cms. 3ft.5in. x 1ft.4in.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER DOUBLE SIDED PILLOW / CUSHION . It is very rare to find a complete piled double sided pillow. It is one piece folded over and joined with an opening along one edge to allow for filling. It is from the Ait Bou Ichaouen Berber group in the remote eastern High Atlas. The design of motifs within squares or rectangles is very unusual but there is an example of this technique shown as Plate 70 in the text book "Ait Bou Ichaouen" by Alfred and Suzanne Sauniers. Reference 2011 Size 104 x 41cms. 3ft.5in. x 1ft.4in. Euros 390.

Vats of dye in the city of Fez.

This is where I buy wool for my restoration studio

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG from the region of the Ait Ouaouzguite Berber group. This old example is woven on a goat hair foundation and is in excellent condition complete with original flat woven kilim ends and wide overcasting. The central square medallion is surrounded by traditional Berber designs. Rugs with almost identical colours and containing similar motifs can be seen on plates 81 and 86 of "From Sign to Image - The Moroccan Carpet". Reference 2680. Size 205 x 105 cms., 6ft. 7ins. x 3ft. 6ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG from the region of the Ait Ouaouzguite Berber group. This old example is woven on a goat hair foundation and is in excellent condition complete with original flat woven kilim ends and wide overcasting. The central square medallion is surrounded by traditional Berber designs. Rugs with almost identical colours and containing similar motifs can be seen on plates 81 and 86 of "From Sign to Image - The Moroccan Carpet". Reference 2680. Size 205 x 105 cms., 6ft. 7ins. x 3ft. 6ins. Euros 490.

MOROCCAN BERBER WOODEN SUGAR HAMMER. The ritual of mint tea in Morocco is fascinating. A small metal tea pot arrives with boiling water and is then filled with an enormous hand full of fresh mint. Large irregular shaped lumps of sugar are then cracked into smaller pieces with wooden hammers and are then also added to the pot. After a short rest the tea is poured into small glasses and then returned to the pot. This takes place several times before the sweet, minty, tea is finally poured for drinking. The hammers are of hard wood, hand carved and often then have Berber designs carved into the head. Examples can be seen in the text books "Splendeurs du Maroc", page 43, "Tazenacht, page 46 and "Arts and Crafts of Morocco, page 109. Reference 2688. Size, 28cms., or 12 ins. long.

MOROCCAN BERBER WOODEN SUGAR HAMMER. The ritual of mint tea in Morocco is fascinating. A small metal tea pot arrives with boiling water and is then filled with an enormous hand full of fresh mint. Large irregular shaped lumps of sugar are then cracked into smaller pieces with wooden hammers and are then also added to the pot. After a short rest the tea is poured into small glasses and then returned to the pot. This takes place several times before the sweet, minty, tea is finally poured for drinking. The hammers are of hard wood, hand carved and often then have Berber designs carved into the head. Examples can be seen in the text books "Splendeurs du Maroc", page 43, "Tazenacht, page 46 and "Arts and Crafts of Morocco, page 109. Reference 2688. Size, 28cms., or 12 ins. long. Euros 90.

Road Sign. Edge of the Sahara, southern Morocco.

MOROCCAN BERBER WOODEN ARTIFACT Security - High Atlas style. This primitive hand carved wooden key with its equally primitive metal teeth would have been used to secure the door of a hut. It is an example of ingenuity and quite fascinating. I found it in the High Atlas. The depictions of every day objects for use in the design of Berber rugs is quite common. The excellent book "Ait Bou Ichaouen - Weavings of a nomadic Berber tribe" shows on Plate 87 a carpet of the Ait Rguig sub-tribe with depictions of a similar key throughout. Reference 2589. Size 21cms. 9in. long. Euros 70.