Handmade in the Middle Atlas Mountains
All our Moroccan area rugs are hand-woven by adult Berber women of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Traditionally Kilim rugs were handmade as part of a women’s dowry, expressing her own personality in exuberant colors and patterns and weaving in symbols of her hopes for health and married life. Nowadays weaving carpets has to supplement the household income in remote mountain villages where employment does almost not exist. Working directly with the weavers and providing access to an international market empowers the women to define their place within the Moroccan carpet trade and helps to carry on a tradition that spans the ages.
What is a Berber Kilim area rug? A kilim design is made by interweaving the variously colored wefts and warps, creating what is known as flatweave. The primary format involves panels composed of one wide and two narrow bands with geometric designs separated by areas of plainweave. These days, most kilims have white cotton for warps because of its strength plus it keeps its shape and enhances the design elements. Kilim rugs are not just floor coverings. Some become wall hangings, some are bench or divan coverings and others are made into individual kilim pillow covers.
What is a Berber Beni Ourain rug? A Beni Ourain is a thick knotted pile rug of 100% undyed natural sheep wool with soft-white fields and black/brown simple geometric designs. The Beni Ouarain are a relatively large group of tribes inhabiting the mountains south and east of Fes.