In the cosmic world of Moroccan artisans, the objects they handcraft are always imbued with deep meaning and symbolic value. They are the socio-cultural relics of a people who communicate primarily through art using a language based on the key elements of abundance, fertility, self preservation and faith in the future.
Moroccan handicraft is a living tradition that is deeply inspired and influenced by centuries of history and cultural heritage, they rank possibly amongst the most varied arts and crafts found on earth, proof of this stems from the growing network of consumers and exporters who each year exhibit the creativity of Moroccan artisans in markets and furniture fairs all over the globe.
Unlike most other art forms practiced in Morocco, the Berber area rugs reflects an ingenious blending and coexistence of patterns and motifs dating as far back as the Paleolithic era. Today, the Berber artisans are highly praised by the connoisseurs from all over the world for their unique artistic talents reflected by the use of ancient symbolism along with the excellent quality and superior craftsmanship of their products.
The authenticity of the weaving techniques, and immense creativity of the nomadic tribes of Morocco render the hand making process of Berber rugs a fundamental activity that not only forges their identity, but also ensures the survival of thousands of families and the sustainability of their villages. In that spirit, the pastoral communities of the Atlas Mountains have been producing exquisite handmade rugs with each village using distinctive motifs and symbols that make any given rug easily traced back to the Berber village where it came from.
The weaving process of the Beni Ourain rug typically begins with the shearing of the wool from their livestock of sheep and goats, after being cleaned and handspun into yarn, natural plant-based dyes are used to provide the colors needed. The soul of the carpet seems to mirror the landscape of the Atlas Mountains. These tribal Moroccan rugs are like treasured books filled with hints and hidden clues. We discover a universe of subconscious relativity based on a palette of exuberant or completely neutral colors.
The women living in Berber villages have appropriated their textile creation as a space that glorifies freedom of expression where they have developed an intimate relationship with their higher selves and tapped into a dimension of surprising artistic abilities. The Moroccan carpet becomes essential; it is a link between the past and the present, between the earth and the sky. It’s bridging our human journeys and shoring them up with deeply embedded roots that transcend any cultural differences. I suppose this is the reason why a Moroccan Berber Rug can compliment any type of interior and add depth and character to a space. These magnificent pieces of floor art have earned the right be exhibited in different museums, and rightfully so.
In the words of Timothy Wealon about Berber rugs: “I don’t see them as a passing trend; rather, they are a decorative element that will always be present in interior design.”