This is a very large thick-piled woollen rug, handmade by the nomadic Ait Bou Ichaouen tribe circa 1960. This striking vintage rug has a shaggy soft natural wool base with geometric lozenge shapes in brown and orange with highlights of purple. It has a flat-woven edge and tassels. As pictured, its shape is organic as is quite common with vintage handmade rugs of this size. It would serve as a real statement piece in a large room and provide warmth and a cosy atmosphere. A beautiful, rare and unique piece.
4.00 m x 2.00 m / 13' 1" x 6' 7".
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.