Azilal rugs just might be the most creative of all styles of Moroccan carpets. Azilal’s is named after the craggy and steep Azilal region of Morocco located in the remote Atlas Mountains.
The Bazaar Living special selection of Azilal carpets are made from virgin wool collected from domestic sheep found in the area. Many families of the region come from generations of sheep herders and shepherds who have sheared some of the world's finest wool.
The rugs are woven by alternating composed patterns of one single knotted line and one or two woven lines. As is traditional in Moroccan rug making, the weaving is based on cultural rituals that have been handed down for generations.
Moroccan Azilal carpets are complex in their combined use of irregular and abstract patterns that show numerous Berber symbols and diamond based graphics. Azilal carpets backgrounds are usually an ivory or cream color.
Azilal carpets are decorated with wool and cotton materials that are colored by vegetable dye or threads of recycled cloth of different colors.
Like with all Moroccan rug traditions, Azilal carpets have a story behind each color. In Berber Atlas Mountain culture, red represents strength and protection, blue wisdom, yellow eternity and green peace.
Each Azilal carpet carries the weaver’s desire to protect the human spirit from negative energy and shield the human body from the elements. One of the fantastic aspects of purchasing and Moroccan rug is that they tell their own tale and unique story.
In the western world Azilal’s are used as carpeting or in many cases colorful wall ornaments and hangings. For your very own unique Azilal please feel free to browse our collection of this unique carpet.
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Bazaar Living has a beautiful selection of Beni Ourain rugs.
These soft and luxurious rugs are handmade in the Beni Ourain area by a group of Berbers made up of 17 different tribes from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. In addition to rug making these tribes are goat herders and sheep shepherds who are nomadic and move from one grazing area to the next. With 17 different tribes crafting rugs, there are subtle differences in design elements and colors. Their lives as shepherds also assure that their rugs are made from the finest Moroccan wools.
Like with all Moroccan rugs, the tradition has been handed down from generation to generation. Beni Ourain rugs throughout their history have depicted life events within the tribes. The pattern of the rug you purchase at Bazaar Living could be representing an event such as a birth, a ritual, tribal religious belief or an aspect of rural life in the Atlas Mountains. Many Beni Quarain rugs also include lucky charm, superstition and spiritual symbolism.
As with most Moroccan rugs, the original purpose of the weaving was not necessarily intended as a floor covering. The Beni Ourain used their weaves as blankets and bedspreads. The loose structuring of the rugs was meant to conform to the contour of the body.
The definitive Beni Ourain has black and brown lines or abstract shape framed against a white or cream background. Some rugs feature the ancient Berber alphabets. Some enjoy purchasing Beni Ouarain rugs due to their similarity to Native American patterns.
If you want a rug with a rich history and the durability to last a lifetime, please look at our beautiful collection of Beni Ouarain rugs.
Some of the world's most colorful rugs are Moroccan Boucherouites. Not only are the Boucherouite rugs colorful, but they have also been, for the last several years, one of the world's most popular.
Bazaar Living has a delightful selection of these extravagantly colorful rugs. Like with all Moroccan rugs the Boucherouite comes with an interesting story of its origins.
Unlike the majority of Moroccan rugs that have traditions going back in many cases thousands of years, the Boucherouite is a recent creation. It’s advent in the 1960’s came out of both creativity and necessity.
Moroccan Boucherouite rugs have historically been woven out of wool. Many tribal families had origins as goat herders and shepherds. With the men tending their flocks, the woman used the wool cut from their sheep as the main fabric.
With more and more traditional shepherds in Morocco giving up their nomadic lives for different forms of animal husbandry and farming, the former abundance of wool has become scarcer.
The Boucherouite comes from a Moroccan phrase that translates to “a piece torn from pre-used clothing.” Boucherouite rugs are made totally from scraps of old nylon, cotton and wool textiles. Although maybe not its original intent, the Boucherouite just might have been one of the world's first fully recyclable household decors!
There are no rules for the design of a Boucherouite. They are all different in their blend of fabrics, colors, and pattern. Depending on the textiles available a Boucherouite can be bright and vibrant or a little more subtle and pastel.
While many refer to Boucherouite Moroccan rugs as “rag rugs,” that description might be used as a more endearing than critical description.
If you want a truly one of a kind vibrant and colorful free form rug that was weaved from 100% recycled materials, please visit our collection of whimsical and colorful Boucherouite rugs.
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