Vintage Moroccan Aït Bou Ichaouen Carpet TS29

A vintage Aït Bou Ichaouen with an unusual interpretation of the traditional lozenge motif. The network is constructed of irregular female diamond motifs filled with male forms (cross, tent and bar). Woven in a unique color story of fire red/orange, faded magenta, turquoise, light blue and charcoal grey. Berber carpets often exhibit a correlation to much older forms of expression found in cave paintings and ancient rock carvings, evident in this example. Finished with bands of flat weave at both ends, 100% wool.

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Aït Bou Ichaouen

Carpets of this tribe are also known as Talsint, the most remote of the Berber tribes, settled between the High Altas Range and close to the edge of the Sahara. This tribe and their work were undiscovered by the outside world until the mid 1990's. Baring this in mind, Talsint carpets are legendary for their vibrant colors and exotic patterns, perhaps due to the lack of an outside influence or the need for color in the monochromatic world of which they reside. Many of their motifs and techniques have not been found elsewhere in Morocco...these archaic designs reflect an older tradition of weaving history dating back thousands of years in Northern Africa.

tribe.Aït Bou Ichaouen
region.High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
circa.1970's
dimensions.12'3" X 6'1" / 3.73m x 1.85m
pile height.Low
fringe length.5"
condition.Very Good
rug no.TS29