This is a beautiful handwoven rug made circa 1970 by the women of the nomadic Ait Bou Ichaouen tribe in the north-east of Morocco. Its base is a tightly woven cream hanbel (kilim) and it is adorned with a geometrical lozenge design made from recycled textiles in shades of pink, green, blue, white and yellow. A very attractive and vibrant rug.
2.70 m x 1.45 m / 8' 10" x 4' 9".
Ait Bou Ichaouen rugs, also known as Talsint rugs, are tribal carpets handwoven by women in remote areas of north-east Morocco between the Atlas Mountains and the Algerian border. This tribe predominantly live in tents and their rug designs are heavily inspired by the surrounding natural landscape – mountain peaks and valleys – as well as their personal awareness of their calling to bear children and motherhood. The colours and patterns used in weaving are often bold and striking, creating a strong visual impact.
The rugs produced in this area have only been discovered within the last twenty-five years or so and, due to the tribe’s isolation, only a limited number of rugs have reached the mainstream market. They are therefore very rare and very collectible.