Vintage Moroccan Aït Bou Ichaouen Carpet TS40

An extraordinary example from the Aït Bou Ichaouen tribe. Horizontal abrashed bands of color set the backdrop for a remarkable display of motifs. Abstract undulating lines attempt the formation of a lozenge network, but are interrupted by a scattering of square motifs. Knotted in a faded magenta, plum and aubergine ground, with motifs in light blue/green, orange, purple, ivory, and brown. A lustrous low pile construction with a beautiful patina. 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.1960's
dimensions.14'10" x 5'11" / 4.52m x 1.8m
pile height.Low
fringe length.1"
condition.Excellent
rug no.TS40