Vintage Azilal Berber Rug

Circa 1970
Middle Atlas, Morocco
266 cm x 163 cm
8'8" x 5'4"

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.This unusual example has a somewhat heavier handle compared to typical Azilal, and is distinguished by the combined use of red, orange and brown for the pattern, which results in an abstraction of the diamond network we often see in the rugs from this region.

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