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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.

 

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MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. Prepare for a surprise! Although this looks like a carpet, and can serve as one, it is a giant storage bag. At one end the tying loops are an integral part of the end finish and at the other there is a row of corresponding slits through which the loops will go once the carpet is folded in two. In the small interiors of Berber huts and tents multi-purpose items are often made. When folded and secured as a giant tent bag it would be used for storage, or filled with other weavings and serve as a bed at night and a divan for day time seating. This rare piece is from the Ait Bou Ichaoen Berbers in the extreme eastern end of the High Atlas Mountains. A carpet with a similar weave and almost identical colours is shown in `Maroc - Tapis du Tribus` in the section of pages 87 to 96. Ref. 2188. Size (opened) 239 x 150 cms, 7ft 10ins x 5ft, Euros 1100.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER CARPET. Prepare for a surprise! Although this looks like a carpet, and can serve as one, it is a giant storage bag. At one end the tying loops are an integral part of the end finish and at the other there is a row of corresponding slits through which the loops will go once the carpet is folded in two. In the small interiors of Berber huts and tents multi-purpose items are often made. When folded and secured as a giant tent bag it would be used for storage, or filled with other weavings and serve as a bed at night and a divan for day time seating. This rare piece is from the Ait Bou Ichaoen Berbers in the extreme eastern end of the High Atlas Mountains. A carpet with a similar weave and almost identical colours is shown in `Maroc - Tapis du Tribus` in the section of pages 87 to 96. Ref. 2188. Size (opened) 239 x 150 cms. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER HEAD DRESS from the High Atlas. Colourful head covers are important items of dress for Berber women. Many special ones are reserved for ceremony and celebration. The tassels here represent multi-coloured flower heads. There is an interesting photograph of three women from the Berber High Atlas group called Ait Yazza wearing similar pieces on page 30 of the text book "North African Textiles". Reference 2691. Size 51 x 130 cms., or 19 x 50 inches. Euros 65

MOROCCAN BERBER HEAD DRESS from the High Atlas. Colourful head covers are important items of dress for Berber women. Many special ones are reserved for ceremony and celebration. The tassels here represent multi-coloured flower heads. There is an interesting photograph of three women from the Berber High Atlas group called Ait Yazza wearing similar pieces on page 30 of the text book "North African Textiles". Reference 2691. Size 51 x 130 cms., or 19 x 50 inches. Euros 65

I took these photos recently of the goats feeding from the fruits of the Argan tree which grows extensively south west of Marrakech. When squeezed by stone presses the wonderful cholesterol-free oil is often used as a dip for flat breads. It also gives the goats wonderful silky hair, especially good for rug weaving.

I took these photos recently of the goats feeding from the fruits of the Argan tree which grows extensively south west of Marrakech. When squeezed by stone presses the wonderful cholesterol-free oil is often used as a dip for flat breads. It also gives the goats wonderful silky hair, especially good for rug weaving.

MOROCCAN BERBER PILLOW/BAG. This is a rare old piece woven by the Beni Ourain Berber group in the Middle Atlas. Unusually for a pillow it has a hand knotted pile, unlike most which are flat woven, and this is to combat the extreme cold of the Middle Atlas mountains in winter. The wools are undyed except for the use of red to accentuate the black diamond motifs. Pieces such as these are used for both sleeping and sitting. Reference 2723. Size 30 x 54 cms., or 1ft. x 1ft. 9ins. Euros 95.

MOROCCAN BERBER PILLOW/BAG. This is a rare old piece woven by the Beni Ourain Berber group in the Middle Atlas. Unusually for a pillow it has a hand knotted pile, unlike most which are flat woven, and this is to combat the extreme cold of the Middle Atlas mountains in winter. The wools are undyed except for the use of red to accentuate the black diamond motifs. Pieces such as these are used for both sleeping and sitting. Reference 2723. Size 30 x 54 cms., or 1ft. x 1ft. 9ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER CUSHION/BAG from the northern part of the Middle Atlas mountains and the province of Zemmour. Pieces like these are used as day time cushions and sometimes night time pillows. Often they are woven with great care and skill and the fineness of weave in the diamond shaped designs, in which 12 different colours have been used, is such an example. I found this piece in the bazaar in Khemisset which is the main town in Zemmour. Reference 2727. Size 48 x 40 cms., or 19 x 16 inches. Euros 105.

MOROCCAN BERBER CUSHION/BAG from the northern part of the Middle Atlas mountains and the province of Zemmour. Pieces like these are used as day time cushions and sometimes night time pillows. Often they are woven with great care and skill and the fineness of weave in the diamond shaped designs, in which 12 different colours have been used, is such an example. I found this piece in the bazaar in Khemisset which is the main town in Zemmour. Reference 2727. CLOSE UP:

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER FLAT WEAVE / KILIM. The Ait Arfur Berber group weave distinctive patterns embellished with white cotton on many of their kilims, capes and bags. This is a good example of a large hanbel, or cover, and it was probably used for warmth in the cold mountain winters. It is an old piece in impeccable condition. Ref. 2236. Size 300 x 150cms, 10ft x 5ft, Euros 442.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER FLAT WEAVE / KILIM. The Ait Arfur Berber group weave distinctive patterns embellished with white cotton on many of their kilims, capes and bags. This is a good example of a large hanbel, or cover, and it was probably used for warmth in the cold mountain winters. It is an old piece in impeccable condition. Ref. 2236. Size 300 x 150cms.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS RUG. It appears as if the resourceful Berber weaver of this rug used a variety of hand spun wools and goat hair to make a supple and floppy piece to be used as a cover for warmth. Both the yellow shades of wools and undyed goat hair have a silky feel and have been left deliberately long. It is a most unusual piece, probably from a Berber group in the cold southern part of the Middle Atlas. Reference 2705. Size 140 x 115cms. 4ft.7in. x 3ft.9in. Euros 380.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS RUG. It appears as if the resourceful Berber weaver of this rug used a variety of hand spun wools and goat hair to make a supple and floppy piece to be used as a cover for warmth. Both the yellow shades of wools and undyed goat hair have a silky feel and have been left deliberately long. It is a most unusual piece, probably from a Berber group in the cold southern part of the Middle Atlas. Reference 2705. Size 140 x 115cms. 4ft.7in. x 3ft.9in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER FLAT WEAVE/KILIM which dates from the first half of the 20th century. It originates from the Beni Mguild Berber group in the northern section of the Middle Atlas mountain range. Flat weaves such as these are known as "hanbels" and are often used as covers. Ref. 2235. Size 258 x 148cms, 8ft 6ins x 4ft 10ins, Euros 680.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER FLAT WEAVE/KILIM which dates from the first half of the 20th century. It originates from the Beni Mguild Berber group in the northern section of the Middle Atlas mountain range. Flat weaves such as these are known as "hanbels" and are often used as covers. Ref. 2235. Size 258 x 148cms. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER PILLOW / BAG This was woven in the traditional way of one long strip of kilim or flat weave, upon which the lattice design is incorporated. It was then folded over and stitched to become a pillow or cushion. As always, there is an opening on one long side which allows the piece to be filled as it was used as a daytime cushion and a night time pillow. It is old, soft and supple. Reference 2725. Size 35 x 50cms. 14 x 20ins. Euros 95.

MOROCCAN BERBER PILLOW / BAG This was woven in the traditional way of one long strip of kilim or flat weave, upon which the lattice design is incorporated. It was then folded over and stitched to become a pillow or cushion. As always, there is an opening on one long side which allows the piece to be filled as it was used as a daytime cushion and a night time pillow. It is old, soft and supple. Reference 2725. Size 35 x 50cms. 14 x 20ins. CLOSE UP

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG A recent piece from the Beni Mrirt Berber group in the Middle Atlas which has the dense knotting and soft, lustrous shades of creamy wool found only in the best pieces. Rural Berber weavers often based their designs on everyday things and here we have a portrayal of a group of stylised trees with a river running through them. There is good information and several colour plates of Mrirt rugs in the text book "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2703. Size 132 x 82cms. 4ft. 4ins. Euros 490.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG A recent piece from the Beni Mrirt Berber group in the Middle Atlas which has the dense knotting and soft, lustrous shades of creamy wool found only in the best pieces. Rural Berber weavers often based their designs on everyday things and here we have a portrayal of a group of stylised trees and a river running between them. There is good information and several colour plates of Mrirt rugs in the text book "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2703. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER SHAWL. Berber women traditionally wear these as shawls or head scarves. The long tassels are made from the same material and embellished with many sequins. This piece is backed with heavy terracotta coloured cotton and will make a fascinating wall hanging. Reference 2320. Size 104 x 87cms. 3ft.5in. x 2ft.10in. excluding tassels. Euros 85.

MOROCCAN BERBER SHAWL. Berber women traditionally wear these as shawls or head scarves. The long tassels are made from the same material and embellished with many sequins. This piece is backed with heavy terracotta coloured cotton and will make a fascinating wall hanging. Reference 2320. Size 104 x 87cms. 3ft.5in. x 2ft.10in. excluding tassels. CLOSE UP

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS FLAT WEAVE / KILIM. A most unusual piece because, apart from one shade of madder red which is used in the design, the entire piece including the foundation is of hand spun black, brown and tan goat hair. It has significant weight and would have been used as a protection against the bitter cold of the High Atlas winters. Reference 2329. Size 288 x 140cms. 9ft.5in. x 4ft.7in. Euros 650.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS FLAT WEAVE / KILIM. A most unusual piece because, apart from one shade of madder red which is used in the design, the entire piece including the foundation is of hand spun black, brown and tan goat hair. It has significant weight and would have been used as a protection against the bitter cold of the High Atlas winters. Reference 2329. Size 288 x 140cms. 9ft.5in. x 4ft.7in. CLOSE UP

MOROCCAN BERBER PILLOW/BAG. It is difficult to say which is the more beautiful side of this bag, the front or the back. It is from the region of Zemmour in the western Middle Atlas and would have served as both a cushion and a pillow in a Berber dwelling. The embroidered design on both sides is exceptionally fine and the 35 diamond shapes on the back stand out against the dark background. Pillows and saddle bags from this region are well documented in "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" which was published by the Washington Textile Museum and there are several illustrations from page 106-111. Reference 2724. Size 30 x 39cms. 1ft. x 1ft.3in. Euros 110.

MOROCCAN BERBER PILLOW/BAG. It is difficult to say which is the more beautiful side of this bag, the front or the back. It is from the region of Zemmour in the western Middle Atlas and would have served as both a cushion and a pillow in a Berber dwelling. The embroidered design on both sides is exceptionally fine and the 35 diamond shapes on the back stand out against the dark background. Pillows and saddle bags from this region are well documented in "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" which was published by the Washington Textile Museum and there are several illustrations from page 106-111. Reference 2724. Size 30 x 39cms. 1ft. x 1ft.3in. CLOSE UP

MOROCCAN BERBER CUSHION / BAG. The square shape is unusual. The piece was woven originally as one long flat weave or kilim before being folded and stitched with an opening left along one side sufficient for it to be filled. The lattice designs are composed of cottons of many different shades and the work is extremely fine. It originates from the Berbers of Zemmour in the northern part of the Middle Atlas and I found it in the main town of Khemisset. There is good information of Zemmour pieces of this kind in the text book "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" published by the Washington Textile Museum. Reference 2726. Size 43 x 41cms. 17 x 16ins. Euros 95.

MOROCCAN BERBER CUSHION / BAG. The square shape is unusual. The piece was woven originally as one long flat weave or kilim before being folded and stitched with an opening left along one side sufficient for it to be filled. The lattice designs are composed of cottons of many different shades and the work is extremely fine. It originates from the Berbers of Zemmour in the northern part of the Middle Atlas and I found it in the main town of Khemisset. There is good information of Zemmour pieces of this kind in the text book "Carpets and Textiles of Morocco" published by the Washington Textile Museum. Reference 2726. Size 43 x 41cms. 17 x 16ins. REVERSE.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS FLAT WEAVE/KILIM. An old beautifully embroidered `hanbel`or cover from the Ait Arfur Berber group in the Middle Atlas. The intricate white designs are created by the use of cotton. The condition is excellent. Ref. 2233. Size 291 x 120 cms.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS FLAT WEAVE/KILIM. An old beautifully embroidered `hanbel`or cover from the Ait Arfur Berber group in the Middle Atlas. The intricate white designs are created by the use of cotton. The condition is excellent. Ref. 2233. Size 291 x 120 cms, 9ft 6ins x 4ft, Euros 760.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER PILLOW woven by a small Berber group called Beni Mtir. The front design is most unusual, as is the back which is of flat woven kilim with three embroidered stylized trees. Ref. 2228. Size 76 x 36cms. Euros 150. (Reverse)

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER PILLOW woven by a small Berber group called Beni Mtir. The front design is most unusual, as is the back which is of flat woven kilim with three embroidered stylized trees. Ref. 2228. Size 76 x 36cms, 2ft 6ins x 1ft 2ins, Euros 150.

MOROCCAN PRAYER BEADS. This very old string of beads is made from highly polished pieces of cuttlefish bone. Each bead is different but the whole string beautifully reflects the light. Reference 2450. Size 17cms. 7in. long. Euros 85.

TUAREG WOODEN ARTIFACTS. A small collection of three antique hand carved Tuareg wooden spoons which are probably from western Mali. Reference 2413, 2414 and 2415. Sizes 33, 31 and 21cms. 1ft.1in., 1ft. and 9in. Euros 50 for three.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER RUG. The use of squares and rectangles, as shown here, is peculiar to Berber work from the region of Boujad in the western Middle Atlas. There is a rug in "Marokko" by Kurt Rainer on plate 110 which has identical shades of the red, green and yellow as in this piece. It is attributed to the Beni Mussa Berber sub-tribe. It would make a dramatic wall hanging. Reference 2333. Size 188 x 125cms. 6ft.2in. x 4ft.1in. Euros 285.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER RUG. The use of squares and rectangles, as shown here, is peculiar to Berber work from the region of Boujad in the western Middle Atlas. There is a rug in "Marokko" by Kurt Rainer on plate 110 which has identical shades of the red, green and yellow as in this piece. It is attributed to the Beni Mussa Berber sub-tribe. It would make a dramatic wall hanging. Reference 2333. Size 188 x 125cms. 6ft.2in. x 4ft.1in. Euros 420.

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 BRASS AND COPPER KETTLE. A well used, early 20th century piece. It was made by artisans in Marrakech and would have been used in a wealthy home to keep hot water for the traditional mint tea. The surface has a beautiful patina. Reference 2379. Size 34cms. 1ft.2in. high. Euros 90.