Vintage Moroccan Rug

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This double-sided mid century Moroccan rug features a traditional checkerboard pattern woven in a striking combination of ivory and kohl black with warm brown overtones. Moroccan rugs are notable for their dynamic colorful designs and for their strong sense of geometric structure. They do not have a long history, however. None so far are datable to before the mid nineteenth century, when their production began as an adaptation of central and western Turkish rugs, whose repertoire Moroccan rugs followed closely. Moroccan rugs are nevertheless distinctive in their bolder coloration, and in the more block-like geometry of their composition. Most famous of all the vintage Moroccan rugs are the rugs that were made by the Beni Ourain tribe in the Atlas Mountains. The Beni Ourain Rugs from Morocco are easily recognizable - they are almost always Ivory background, shaggy pile and abstract geometric patterns. What makes Moroccan rugs so desirable these days is the fact that they are so modernist and simplistic - both in color and design -and are considerably less expensive than most of the other antique or vintage rugs in the market today. The vintage Moroccan rugs were never made in large sizes - because they had to move from place to place, the people who wove them had to keep the width to under 7' (about), otherwise the loom would be too large and cumbersome to mount as they move from place to place. Moroccan rugs can be also used as transitional pieces by giving a youthful and whimsical feel to any rooms decor.
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Mid Century
20th Century
Materials and Techniques
Excellent condition; could easily handle everyday traffic.
6 ft. W x 5 ft. 5 in. L
183 cm W x 165 cm L
Dealer Location
New York, NY
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1stdibs seller since 2008
Located in New York, NY