Vintage Moroccan Aït Bou Ichaouen Carpet TS43

An unusual small Moroccan Aït Bou Ichaouen featuring a chevron hamsa form dominating the top of the composition with lozenge chains and branch symbols near the bottom. A neutral warm ivory ground forms the foundation for the motifs knotted in medium to dark brown, dark navy, turquoise, mint green, and orange. A mixed construction of cotton and wool on a cotton warp.

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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.1980's-1990's
dimensions.6'3" x 3' / 1.9m x .91m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.3"
condition.Very Good
rug no.TS43