Vintage Azilal Berber Rug

04069
Period
Circa 1980
Origin
Central High Atlas, Morocco
Materials
Wool
Status
Sold
Size
270 cm x 170 cm
8'10" x 5'6"

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 archaic iconography which links them to the earliest manifestations of the Berber people.Here the irregular shape of the densely drawn stepped diamond network is reminiscent of an animal pelt, emphasised by the grainy texture as well as by the colour changes.

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