Vintage Boucherouite Berber Rug

Circa 2000
Middle Atlas, Morocco
Cotton — Industrial Yarns
98 cm x 82 cm
3'2" x 2'8"

Woven by using exclusively recycled yarns of various type, ranging from cotton to lurex, boucherouite Berber rugs represent a unique facet of Moroccan textile art. These are the product of semi-illiterate Berber people living in small villages and having very limited economic means, for whom making a floor covering by using recycled yarns on a plastic bag foundation is the only affordable solution. The pattern here is based on two apparently unrelated designs, starting with a small geometric repeat which suddenly explodes into a large, almost flaming palmette. One can only marvel at the amount of creativity shown in these art works.

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