This is a stunningly beautiful and rare 1970s saddle rug (most likely made for a donkey or mule) from the Boujad region of Morocco. The creative pattern and design is reminiscent of a Paul Klee painting, featuring colour blocks of deep cerise pink, pale pinks, cream, black and orange in a random checkerboard pattern with squares of random sizes. Unusually, the rug is square in shape. With fringing to one end, this is a beautiful piece, a rare find.
Paul Klee, eat your heart out - this Berber woman knows a thing or two about art. Just love the arrangement of patterns on this unique saddle rug, starting off with a more loosely woven block pattern, then becoming tighter for the rest of the rug, but maintaining the same colour palette and style. All finished off nicely with beautifully neat tassels. One for the wall in a place where it could be admired I would suggest!
- Circa 1970
- 1.05 m x 1.05 m / 3' 5" x 3' 5"
- 3.0 kg
- Ref: BJD-ZRB-315
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About Boujad rugs
Rugs from the Boujad region of Morocco, woven by the women of the Al Haouz plain, can generally fall into three categories:
- Classic tribal designs featuring geometric shapes surrounded by a decorative border.
- Art rugs featuring checkerboard patterns or simply large blocks of colour, sometimes leading the designs to be compared with the works of artists such as Klee or Rothko.
- Abstract weavings – a creative mix of tribal motifs, shapes and lines in bright contrasting colours, sometimes accompanied by recognisable motifs of people, animals, teapots or scenes from memory.
The tribal art rugs made in this region are much sought-after due to their very creative nature. This really is tribal art at its best!
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