Vintage Moroccan Aït Bou Ichaouen Carpet TS30

An extraordinary Aït Bou Ichaouen (Talsint) carpet with an excellent palette and wool quality. An intricate network of lozenge motifs woven in vertical interlocking chains, with several pile height shifts occuring, from flat weave to pile moments. Various dye lot shifts in the ground add subtle texture and personality of the piece. The incredibly vibrant and unusual palette includes faded violet, magenta, salmon, red/orange, teal, charcoal, ivory and black wool. The flat weave at the top of the piece has an irregular pile edge adding an additional twist to this exceptional example. 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.1950's-60's
dimensions.14'5" x 6'11" / 4.4m x 2.1m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4"
condition.Excellent
rug no.TS30