This beautiful finely woven blanket-like rug (zanafi hanbel) was handwoven in the Taznakht region of Morocco approximately 45 years ago using natural wool in shades of brown and cream. The tufts at the end of the intricately woven bands have been left exposed as a feature of the design. A very unusual find. There is a small henna mark (considered a blessing in Berber culture) that attests to the authenticity of this rug along with a small repair.
The weaving on this gorgeous rug is very intricate. It speaks of quality. Bought for a fair price from the daughter of the weaver.
1.90 m x 1.40 m / 6' 3" x 4' 7".
These stunning woollen rugs hail from the Jbel Siroua region of Morocco which extends from the High Atlas Mountains in the north to the pre-Saharan regions in the south and are made by tribes belonging to the Ait Ouaouzguite tribal confederation. They are sometimes collectively known as 'Taznakht rugs' as Taznakht is the carpet capital of this area. These rugs are renowned for their high quality silky wool, their traditional designs and their striking colours. The quality of work produced by the weavers of this region is exceptional. Glaoui rugs from the Telouet region of the High Atlas are also made by tribes of the Ait Ouaouzgite tribal confederation and are traditionally flat-woven rugs with knotted embellishment. They are highly collectible.