This is an absolutely stunning vintage rug from the High Atlas Mountains, handmade by the tribes of the Ait Ouaouzguite tribal confederation circa 1980. Its black field is made from natural quality wool with vibrant colours introducing a variety of elaborate tribal motifs throughout the rug. Recognisable animal, bird and insect depictions include camels, chickens, and butterflies but there are probably more. Flowers are also depicted surrounding the central feature of the rug which is adorned with a cockerel. To add to its charm, some of the yellow weft is visible peeping through the central neutral area of the rug (see photo), only to be expected in a vintage rug that has been used in a family home. A wonderful piece of tribal art.
2.60 m x 1.35 m / 8' 6" x 4' 5".
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.