This is a very unusual saddle rug made in the 1970s (most likely for a donkey or mule) in the Boujad region of Morocco. A flat-woven textile base predominantly in shades of pink and blue is embellished with knots made from recycled textiles (boucherouite) in matching colours. The boucherouite elements are seen in two thirds of the saddle whilst the remaining third showcases the woven textile field. This lovely artistic piece is finished off with solid plaited fringing. It would look lovely displayed as a wall hanging or as a floor rug.
1.40 m x 1.15 m / 4' 7" x 3' 9".
Breaking all the rules of carpet design, boucherouite rugs are simply unique. They are often made in mountainous areas where wool is scarce. By adding pieces of material, yarn from recycled clothing, as well as wool, to the traditional cotton weft, an abstract design and form like no other is created. Sometimes the weft itself is also made from textiles. Amazigh (Berber) women from all over the mountainous regions of Morocco make these carpets and may incorporate their own imaginative stance, tribal symbols and beliefs into their creation. Colours and patterns are blended to produce truly stunning works of art. In our collection we have vintage boucherouite rugs from several regions of Morocco. Many of these would look amazing as either floor rugs or as artistic wall hangings.