Vintage Azilal Berber Rug

Circa 1950
High Atlas, Central High Atlas|Morocco
270 cm x 160 cm
8'10" x 5'3"

The rugs from the Azilal region, located in the Moroccan central High Atlas, have been a relatively recent discovery. Distinguished by abstract, quasi-calligraphic patterns often on an ivory background, they differ from the white ground Middle Atlas carpets of the Beni Ouarain and the Beni Mguild essentially because of their floppy texture, which is closer to that of a flat-weave. The plethora of their design repertoire makes them among the most sought after Berber rugs among discerning collectors. Some of their patterns exhibit a striking modernity, others echo an iconography which links them to the earliest manifestations of the Berber people. Here the design begins as a chequerboard pattern, changing abruptly to a series of stacked niche-like forms similar to caves.

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