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 unknown.
The Berber Moroccan rug is a living tradition that is deeply inspired and influenced by centuries of history and cultural heritage, they rank possibly amongst the most varied handicrafts 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 carpet 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 translated by the use of tribal symbols 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. 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 Berber 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 Berber Moroccan Rug can compliment any type of interior and add warmth and earthiness to a space. These magnificent pieces of floor art have earned the right be exhibited in different museums around the world, 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.”