A very rare and absolutely stunning vintage rug made by the nomadic Ait Bou Ichaouen tribe circa 1980. This is a very special and unusual tribal art rug, tightly flat-woven with a freeform organic pattern in soft knotted wool. The design is artistically created in bold shades of orange and purple interspersed by lighter shades of ivory, the deep pink of the hanbel (kilim) base being allowed to show through in places to provide texture and depth. The overall effect is simply stunning. This really is a wonderful piece of art, a collector’s dream. In excellent condition.
3.65 m x 1.80 m / 12' x 5' 11".
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.