Vintage Geometric Design Berber Rug

Circa 1940
High Atlas, Morocco
340 cm x 142 cm
11'1" x 4'7"

The Berber rugs from the the High Atlas region are often distinguished by an iconography that relates them to more ‘classical’ tribal rugs, such as those of Anatolia and the Caucasus. This early example from the Taroudant area displays a cruciform central device that is reminiscent of the shield elements seen on a plethora of Near Eastern tribal weavings, flanked by horizontal bars and, at both extremities, by filler motifs that are more typical of the Moroccan weaving tradition. The bold simplicity of the composition is an indicator of good age, together with the quality and translucency of the dyes and the type of weave.

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