This is a stunning large vintage rug from the Jbel Siroua region (possibly Ait Tamassine or Ait Khozema), handmade by the tribes of the Ait Ouaouzguite tribal confederation circa 1950. Its beautifully faded patina features muted tones of yellows, oranges and pink (all natural dyes) within traditional lozenge shapes, possibly representing protection from 'the evil eye', a common belief in Moroccan popular culture. The rug is very thin and therefore relatively light to handle, and has a lustrous sheen. It would make a stunning centrepiece for any room. A striking and unusual rug.
Please note, most of the fringing is missing due to age and wear (see photos). However, this does not detract from the beauty of the rug.
In this rug, natural dyes of saffron and henna are now faded after approximately 70 years of use as a rug in a Berber home. What life has this rug seen? Yet it still has that wonderful sheen of the quality silky wool with which it was woven. Stunning!
3.85 m x 1.45 m / 12' 8" x 4' 9".
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.