This is a rare acquisition in so far as it is not a rug as such but rather it is possibly a tent divider made by the nomadic tribespeople of the Ait Bou Ichaouen tribe roughly 30 years ago. It is possibly an asachu which would have been hung from the tent’s roof beam and used as a partition ‘wall’ to divide the women’s area from that of the guests. It combines a flat-woven base with knotted design elements and narrow tapestry stripes. The base is a reddish-purple hue. It could be used as a decorative wall hanging or a bed throw as well as serving simply as a runner or rug. A very unusual and rare find.
2.50 m x 0.60 m / 8' 2" x 2'.
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.