In the historic area encompassing the modern nation of Morocco, the tradition of rug-making is just about as old as it is anywhere in the world. The early adoption of rug-making by native Moroccans is certainly due in large part to the distinctive climate of the region:
Moroccan rugs may be very thick with a heavy pile, making them useful for the snow-capped Atlas Mountains; or they may be flat woven and light as to suit the hot climate of the Sahara desert. The nomadic Moroccans and Berber tribes used these pile, knotted, and flat-woven carpets as bed coverings and sleeping mats, as well as for self-adornment, and burial shrouds. Some of these rugs were also used for as saddle blankets. The designs that most frequently appear in Moroccan rugs are traditional and ancient, passed down from weaver to weaver.
Style: Moroccan flat weave Rug | Origin: Morocco| Material: 100% Nature Wool | Size: 2m.60cm x 1m.40cm
This original item was handmade using the local materials and tools below
his genuine natural wool comes from local sheep herds and can be found in souk, or marketplace. However, this cooperative only uses wool made from their homes and sheep, rather than buying it at the souk.
This rug is made using a 100% cotton warp. Cotton warp provides strong integrity of the rug over time.
The Amshtan is the traditional tool used to clean out and spin natural wool
he Tsagel is made from iron and is used to press down each level of warp as the rug is woven.
This wooden tool takes freshly cleaned wool and spins it into thick thread that can be used to weave.
This single, tried and true loom, which the woman believe is nearly 50 years old, When the loom was created, it was likely controversial because the wood was expensive to source. It would take a whole village to invest in one.