Vintage Boujad Berber Rug

Circa 1990
Middle Atlas, Morocco
Cotton — Industrial Yarns
180 cm x 100 cm
5'10" x 3'3"

A very unusual Berber rug from the Boujad region, located on the foothills of the central High Atlas mountains of Morocco, characterised by a naive, simplified rendition of a centralised design, with an inner rectangular yellow compartment, containing a purple lozenge, layered over two fields of colour. Hand knotted by exclusively using silky industrial yarns, the ancient modernity of its iconography is quite characteristic of this area as well as of that of the nearby Azilal region. Works such as this piece were almost unknown to the west until recent times and represent the most authentic facet of Berber woven art.

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