Lush and expressive, our exclusive assortment of vintage rugs have been sourced directly from the foothills of the Atlas mountain range. Each rug is one-of-a-kind and knotted by hand. Katen Bush of Kat + Maouche describes this unique piece:
There are symbols and motifs that repeat in Berber art, with each tribal group adding their own take and, in turn, each weaver her own hand. In this piece, one sees a common theme guiding the composition – female lozenges, or eyes, and stylized figures filling the center with protective male snake symbols lining either side. But it has the telling marks of an Ourika rug – the informality and the use of scrap fabric, the loose weave, and the bright colors against natural wool. It has a strong sense of line and the look of something hand-drawn. While the colors make it playful, it is a serious piece. They are particularly arty rugs and this, a wonderful example of both tradition and expression.
Product material:Wool and Mixed Fiber on Cotton
Product origin:Vintage Ourika, High 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.
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.