We all like to spend quality time at home in an aesthetically pleasing interior. Besides being exquisite to the eye, Moroccan rugs are also filled with dreams and stories of the women who weave them. Since they are fully handmade and improvised, each rug is one of a kind, it is possible to find a similar one but never the exact same rug. This makes Moroccan rugs more than just a piece of decoration, they are also an art piece.
These days, the term “Moroccan Rug” is actually used to describe all styles of visually vibrant tribal rugs. However, these rugs are made by different Berber tribes in Morocco and the reason they are different from each other is because the tribes make them with local resources and native plant dyes which vary depending on the climate of each area. Traditionally, the berber women weaved the rugs to use in their own homes: as rugs, bed covers, seating covers or blankets. They can also be hung on the walls as art or dividers. To this day, they can still be used for the same purposes and even more. If you’re interested in decorating your home with Moroccan rugs, it is important to pick the right design, size and material since Moroccan rugs have the power the set the main tone for a room. Since Moroccan rugs can be extremely colourful, it’s important to decide whether you want to use the rug to complement the other colours in the room or if you want to make it a statement piece by adding it to a rather neutral and minimalist setting.
Rugs generally speaking can also be used to define a region like seating areas or entrances. You can use one small Kilim for an entrance and two layered rugs in the living room under the sofas to highlight the main area.
Another exciting way you can consider using a rug is by hanging them as wall decorations. You can also choose different shapes as ovals and circular rugs. Now that you know a little more about Moroccan rugs and how to style them
, it is time to learn more about the different types of Berber rugs. These are only but a few of the most famous ones:
Originated from the High Atlas Mountains, with their beige and cream base and geometric tribal designs, Azilal rugs
are fully improvised lines, free of symmetry. The lines and shapes used represent tribal symbols of femininity and family such as birth and fertility. They are particularly known for their vibrant colours and playful feel, which would make them an ideal choice for a children’s room but also for a more minimal room where you would want to add some colour but not overdo it.
Boujad rugs are easily distinguished from other types of berber rugs because of their orange and pinkish colour scheme, similar to the reddish Haouz region where they are made, Marrakech. They are bright and vibrant, including a variety of geometric shapes. You can place these dominant designs in hallways or you can create a romantic combination with other furniture in your balcony or bedroom. These look beautiful when styled with plants and Moroccan lantern candles to create the perfect Marrakech corner at home.
Beni Ourain rugs are easily recognised by their neutral hues, thick pile and palette of simple zig-zag diamond shapes. They are made in the Middle Atlas Mountains in a region that includes 17 different Berber tribes called Beni Ourain. They are known for the softness of their wool which comes from the special breed of sheep of the Beni Ourain region.They have a very neutral feel and are well suited for interiors which have a modern minimalist aesthetic. You can style them in living rooms and bedrooms, where you want to create a soft and cosy vibe, but also where you want a carpet that easily blends in.
Probably the most interesting and avant-garde of rugs, these rugs are vibrant and have the perfect cosy shaggy touch - they're also pioneers of sustainability! Fun fact: they are not weaved instead, they are made if pieces of scrap fabrics. These rugs were made by tribes who did not have access to sheep wool and therefore resorted to up-cycling leftover material. This makes for a stunning masterpiece of modern art! The best is to style them in bedrooms or cosy reading rooms.
Potentially the most famous and easily recognisable, Kilims are tight woven and have beautiful geometric shapes that come in a variety of colours. They’re generally small and light-weight, as they were originally made by nomadic tribes and needed to be easy to roll and transport, this makes it easy to use them as tapestry to decorate your walls. You can also place them in entrances, balconies, children’s rooms or to highlight areas in rooms; like a bar or a reading area.
Beni Mguild Rugs
Like the Boujad rugs, Beni Mguilds also have a colour scheme of red, magenta, purple and sometimes blue. Made in the Middle Atlas, they are bold with frequent and detailed geometric shapes and most suitable for bigger rooms. The best is to place them in your living room as a base and then keep decorating with other furniture like sofa, coffee table, pillows and colourful plants. Fun fact: their lushness and thickness make them ideal for winter months, in summer months, you can flip the rug and enjoy the flat side instead - two rugs in one!
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