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I specialize 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.
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MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. This ld carpet is from the region of Ait Ouaouzguite. The dyes include colours taken from henna, saffron and curcuma and it is in excellent condition. 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. The dyes include colours taken from henna, saffron and curcuma and it is in excellent condition. 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. 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 magnificent old Hanbel from the Beni Mtir group of Berbers in the northern Middle Atlas near Meknes. Reference 2136. Size 429x145 cms, 14ft 1ins x 4ft 8ins, Euros 960.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS FLAT WEAVE. A magnificent old Hanbel from the Beni Mtir group of Berbers in the northern Middle Atlas near Meknes. Ref. 2136. Size 429x145 cms. CLOSE UP.

VERY RARE, ANTIQUE MOROCCAN PRAYER RUG Structurally this piece was woven in the Djebel Siroua region south of the High Atlas in Morocco. It has an exceptionally fine weave and is shrouded in mystery. The pile goes from bottom to top, as is the case in many genuine prayer rugs. The mosques are ornate and not the kind of building found in this region. The two human faces appear to be men in military uniform with French style caps, tunics with lapels and appear to be wearing ties. It may be that it was specially commissioned for French or Moroccan officers in the very early 20th century when that part of Morocco was under French rule. The pile is very low. The selvedges and bottom border intact and the top border has been secured and around 3 rows of knots are missing. It will make a fascinating addition to a collection perhaps as a wall hanging or table cover. Reference 2555. Size 135 x 66cms. 4ft.5in. x 2ft.2in. Euros 245.

VERY RARE, ANTIQUE MOROCCAN PRAYER RUG Structurally this piece was woven in the Djebel Siroua region south of the High Atlas in Morocco. It has an exceptionally fine weave and is shrouded in mystery. The pile goes from bottom to top, as is the case in many genuine prayer rugs. The mosques are ornate and not the kind of building found in this region. The two human faces appear to be men in military uniform with French style caps, tunics with lapels and appear to be wearing ties. It may be that it was specially commissioned for French or Moroccan officers in the very early 20th century when that part of Morocco was under French rule. The pile is very low. The selvedges and bottom border intact and the top border has been secured and around 3 rows of knots are missing. It will make a fascinating addition to a collection perhaps as a wall hanging or table cover. Reference 2555. Size 135 x 66cms. 4ft.5in. x 2ft.2in. CLOSE UP.

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" page 43+, and "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" plate 59. Reference 2071. Size 275 x 145 cms., 9ft. x 4ft.9in. Euros 875.

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" page 43+, 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 HAND MADE SHOES The degree of sophistication of hand made shoes in Morocco is extensive and ranges from very basic ones made from esparta, or dried grass, to pairs such as these. They were hand made by a Jewish craftsman in Marrakech with layers of camel leather providing the sole and much finer camel leather used for the lining and upper part. The design is hand stitched and consists large of silk covered very fine metal thread. The maker's stamp is in each heel portion. Fine pieces like this would have been made for very wealthy people. In the text book "Splendeurs du Maroc" various hand made shoes are shown as plates 247 and 248. Reference 2586. Size 27cms. 11in. long. Euros 82.

MOROCCAN HAND MADE SHOES The degree of sophistication of hand made shoes in Morocco is extensive and ranges from very basic ones made from esparta, or dried grass, to pairs such as these. They were hand made by a Jewish craftsman in Marrakech with layers of camel leather providing the sole and much finer camel leather used for the lining and upper part. The design is hand stitched and consists large of silk covered very fine metal thread. The maker's stamp is in each heel portion. Fine pieces like this would have been made for very wealthy people. In the text book "Splendeurs du Maroc" various hand made shoes are shown as plates 247 and 248. Reference 2586. Size 27cms. 11in. long. Euros 82.

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 950.

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 ANTIQUE WOODEN COMB which is hand carved from one piece of what is probably Thuya wood from the conifer tree that grows in western Morocco. It has clearly been used and and is a fascinating artifact. Wooden combs of this age can be seen in "Splendeurs du Maroc" in Plate 601 under the heading Coiffures, Maquillages et Tatouages from page 340. Reference 2584. Size 10 x 9cms. 4 x 4ins. Euros 35.

MOROCCAN BERBER OLD WOODEN COMB which is hand carved from one piece of what is probably Thuya wood from the conifer tree that grows in western Morocco. It is a fascinating artifact. Wooden combs of this type can be seen in "Splendeurs du Maroc" in Plate 601 under the heading Coiffures, Maquillages et Tatouages from page 340. Reference 2585. Size 19 x 8cms. 8 x 3ins. Euros 30.

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 95.

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.

BERBER JEWELLERY BELT jewellery plays an important part in Berber life, both for every day and for ceremonial use. This belt, which originates from the High Atlas, is decorated with glass beads, shells and has a centre of turquoise stones. The integral original tying cords are intact and each has a decorative shell finish. See `Splendeurs du Maroc` - Musee Royal de l`Afrique Centrale, 1998, page 272. Reference 1908. Size central field 10cms, 4ins, high and width when opened 138cms, 4ft 7ins, Euros 45.

BERBER JEWELLERY BELT jewellery plays an important part in Berber life, both for every day and for ceremonial use. This belt, which originates from the High Atlas, is decorated with glass beads, shells and has a centre of turquoise stones. The integral original tying cords are intact and each has a decorative shell finish. Reference 1908. Size central field 10cms. high, width when opened 138cms.

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 285.

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.

REVERSE OF LEFT/ 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 region of Talsint, at the north east end of the High Atlas. Reference 2011 Size 104 x 41cms. 3ft.5in. x 1ft.4in. Euros 275. Reverse.

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 region of Talsint, at the north east end of the High Atlas. Reference 2011 Size 104 x 41cms. 3ft.5in. x 1ft.4in. Euros 275.

Vats of dye in the city of Fez.

This is where I buy wool for my restoration studio

REVERSE SIDE -- MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS STORAGE BAG. An exceptional and fine early 20th Century bag from Zeymour which is on the northern edge of the Middle Atlas between Rabat and Meknes. The base Kilim is very finely woven and the designs and embellishments are most intricate. The back is equally good. Ref. 2128. Size 107 x 43 cms. Euros 260

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS STORAGE BAG. An exceptional and fine early 20th Century bag from Zeymour which is on the northern edge of the Middle Atlas between Rabat and Meknes. The base Kilim is very finely woven and the designs and embellishments are most intricate. The back is equally good. Ref. 2128. Size 107 x 43 cms, 3ft 6ins x 1ft 5ins, Euros 260

THE RUG SHOWN OPPOSITE was woven from the wools taken from the sturdy sheep of the Middle Atlas mountains and, as may be seen, there is comparatively little chestnut brown wool in the flock.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER BENI OURAIN RUG Most Beni Ourain pieces are woven with undyed white / cream wools with highlights of charcoal, grey and occasionally light brown wools. It is most unusual to find one such as this where the light chestnut brown has been used for all the design. It is soft, supple, lustrous and in perfect condition. Reference 2565. Size 226 x 164cms. 7ft.5in. x 5ft.5in. Euros 925.

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.