Skip to main content
Want more images or videos?
Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 13

Vintage Saharan Tuareg Leather and Reed Rug

About the Item

The carpets of the Tuareg, who are cattle herding nomads inhabiting a vast expanse of the Sahara desert, are among the most exciting group of weavings to appear on the market. These are woven by binding together fine straw reeds obtained from the panicum turgidum plant with strips of camel leather, the latter being often embellished with light green and yellow pigments in order to enrich the detailing of the pattern. Referred to as eseber by the Tuareg nomads, these large mats are used as tent screens and dividers. In ‘African Nomadic Architecture’ (1995), Labelle Prussin describes these mats as essential ‘to define an interior volume in which the wealth of colour, texture, memory, and meaning that permeates and impregnates the interior of the enclosed space could constitute a closed system of imagery.’ The designs are often based on their iconography, with star and cross-like devices alternating with geometric totemic-like figures of an abstract nature - typical of other forms of African art. Here the field is fully embroidered in leather with a geometric pattern divided in vertical compartments.
  • Dimensions:
    Width: 83.47 in (212 cm)Length: 116.15 in (295 cm)
  • Style:
    Tribal (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1930
  • Condition:
  • Seller Location:
    Milan, IT
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: Alberto Levi Gallery 040621stDibs: LU954924356812
More From This SellerView All
  • Vintage Saharan African Tuareg Leather and Reed Rug
    Located in Milan, IT
    The carpets of the Tuareg, who are cattle herding nomads inhabiting a vast expanse of the Sahara desert, are among the most exciting group of weavings to appear on the market. These ...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Mauritanian Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Leather, Reed

  • Vintage Saharan Mauritanian Tuareg Reed and Leather Square Rug
    Located in Milan, IT
    The carpets of the Tuareg, who are cattle herding nomads inhabiting a vast expanse of the Sahara desert, are among the most exciting group of weavings to appear on the market. These ...
    Category

    Vintage 1970s Mauritanian Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Leather, Reed

  • Vintage Saharan Tuareg Leather and Reed Rug with Geometric Pattern
    Located in Milan, IT
    The carpets of the Tuareg, who are cattle herding nomads inhabiting a vast expanse of the Sahara desert, are among the most exciting group of weavings to appear on the market. These ...
    Category

    Vintage 1940s Mauritanian Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Leather, Reed

  • Vintage Mauritanian Saharan Tuareg Reed Rug with Embroidered Leather
    Located in Milan, IT
    The carpets of the Tuareg, who are cattle herding nomads inhabiting a vast expanse of the Sahara desert, are among the most exciting group of weavings to appear on the market. These ...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Mauritanian Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Leather, Reed

  • Fine Antique Saharan Mauritanian Tuareg Reed and Leather Rug
    Located in Milan, IT
    The carpets of the Tuareg, who are cattle herding nomads inhabiting a vast expanse of the Sahara desert, are among the most exciting group of weavings to appear on the market. These ...
    Category

    Early 20th Century Mauritanian Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Leather, Reed

  • Rare Antique Mauritanian Saharan Tuareg Leather and Reed Large Rug
    Located in Milan, IT
    The carpets of the Tuareg, who are cattle herding nomads inhabiting a vast expanse of the Sahara desert, are among the most exciting group of weavings to appear on the market. These ...
    Category

    Vintage 1920s Mauritanian Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Leather, Reed

You May Also Like
  • Saharan Tuareg Stool, Vintage, 20th Century, Wood and Leather, In Stock
    Located in Loria, IT
    The Tuareg mat we present brings together the distinguishing features of a Tuareg nomads' tent decor and the rigor of contemporary design. To offer our furniture a fascinating combin...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Sub-Saharan African Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Leather, Wood

  • Vintage Tuareg Reed Long Rug
    Located in New York, NY
    The standard protocol on many long carpets, as here, is to divide the field into four vertical panels with a small, here aligned, pattern of small triangles or lozenges. On this carp...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Malian Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Leather, Reed

  • Vintage Reed Tuareg
    Located in New York, NY
    The technique of binding reeds allows for vertical patterning and essentially no end borders. As here, the patterns of conjoint triangles and triples of rectangles, are executed in d...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Malian Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Leather, Reed

  • Vintage Mid-Century Mauritanian Saharan Tuareg Mat curated by Breuckelen Berber
    By Berber Tribes of Morocco
    Located in Brooklyn, US
    Woven by the nomadic Tuareg tribes of Mauritania with palm reed and camel leather, Tuareg mats offer an alternative to a traditional woven textile floor coverings. This example featu...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Mauritanian Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Leather, Reed

  • Large Vintage Tuareg Reed Carpet
    Located in New York, NY
    A truly flatwoven, tribal, sustainable carpet in natural tan reeds in four sections.There is a subtle pattern of small lozenges in widely spaced rows. The reeds give a flat surface w...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Wool

  • Vintage Reed Tuareg with Small Diamond Pattern
    Located in New York, NY
    Rugs can be made out of virtually any available flexible material. Here the Tuareg tribesmen utilize riverbank reds in shades of brown and tan, to create a vertically striped piece w...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Malian Moroccan and North African Rugs

    Materials

    Leather, Reed

Recently Viewed

View All