Utilitarian in purpose but wildly expressive in execution, these vintage hand-knotted Berber rugs weave a story of their own. Authentic, unique and responsibly-sourced from the mountains and souks of Morocco. Katen Bush of Kat + Maouche describes this unique piece:
“A rich sleeping rug that still shimmers with patina. Knotted in gray on buttercream, all beautiful handspun local wool. The motif is a traditional full lozenge network. Broken only by a few small symbols in deep orange faded to coral. It has been used and well cared for over a long life. Age shows in a shimmering patina and uneven wear patterns in the medium pile. Use shows and it has been altered in small ways. It was likely once longer but has been shortened and finished well. Repairs were done with care. This rug’s shining resilience is a testimony to the skill of its maker, seen in the tight weave of small Berber knots. The artistry is undeniable and the symmetry off just so it reminds us of the deeply human hand that made it.
There is little good research on Moroccan rugs and no systematic way of dating them. We refrain from dating the rugs unless we can do so with certainty, which is to say very rarely. In general, most pieces in this collection were woven between 1950 and 2000. The critical distinction between vintage and new rugs is that the vintage pieces were woven for personal use rather than for market and show all the artistry, personality, whimsy, and warmth of folk art. They are utilitarian objects and have been used. Every rug is washed and repaired before it ships to us from Morocco. However, you should be aware that you are purchasing a vintage item. We will provide all the information we can about condition so you know exactly what you are getting.”
Dimensions: 6’-7” x 9’-6" (Varies)
Product material: Wool
Product origin: Vintage Beni Ourain, Middle Atlas
Return notes: Vintage rugs are final sale items and cannot be returned. If you have questions, our customer support team may be reached by email at CustomerSupport@schoolhouseelectric.com or by phone at 1-800-630-7113.
Weight: 32.0 lb
Flat Rate Shipping: This piece qualifies for a flat $30 shipping rate.
- Use a good rug pad cut to the correct size.
- Shake the rug out often.
- Rugs may be, and should be vacuumed. Make sure to turn off the brush beater bar (sometimes called the agitator) so that it does not pull out the pile.
- Spot clean by blotting.
- Shampoo if necessary using a soap approapriate for animal hair.
- If you live in an arid climate, you may wash your rug with mild shampoo and lay it in the sun to dry. However, bright sun may cause colors to fade, and thick rugs may take a long time to dry.
- In general, periodic professional cleaning is a good idea, but with some good care the rugs should be able to go several years between cleanings.
Husband and wife team Katen Bush and Latif Bezzir source authentic and unique vintage Berber rugs directly from the mountains and souks of Morocco. They source responsibly — in-person — working with locals to find outstanding pieces. A Berber-American family and company, they have spent years living in North Africa and are committed to the communities and cultures they work with. They are equally committed to furthering the understanding and appreciation of this particularly female, rural art. And modern art it is — utilitarian in purpose but wildly expressive in execution. Abstract. Vivid. Organic. Honest. Personal. Sophisticated. Whimsical. Slow art knotted by hand. These rugs are specific. They tell something of a weaver, a place, and collectively, of a people’s unique experience. But, as much as these rugs carry the symbols and lush language of a culture, they also resonate far beyond it. Kat+Maouche collect and share these rugs because they love them and use them.