Vintage Azilal Berber Rug

Circa 1970
Central High Atlas, Morocco
165 cm x 140 cm
5'5" x 4'7"

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 snow white background is embellished by an asymmetric honeycomb pattern in black, delicately rendered until the top section, where it almost seems to morph into a different pattern. The small, square format makes this rug particularly rare and desirable.

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