Vintage Moroccan Aït Sgougou Carpet AG02

A vintage Moroccan Aït Sgougou carpet with a wonderful patina and charm. A combination of natural and synthetic dyes were used in the construction of this carpet lending to the intensity of some colors (brick red and emerald green) and subtle nuances of others (rose pink and saffron yellow). The standard Berber lozenges and checkerboard motifs are easily decipherable, while other more abstract forms are lost in translation. Woven in a dense low pile in mostly wool with some cotton present.

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Aït Sgougou

A neighbor of the Beni M'Guild tribe, the Aït Sgougou produce a more rustic style of carpet often employing the use of the less labor intensive symmetric knot technique over the more traditional Berber knot. Due to shortages in wool during the early 1900's, this was a common practice amongst Berber weavers. The use of red dominates the fields of this tribe's carpets, showing the influence of the Zaiane tribe to the East, but the use of red weft shoots allows for differentiation. Many smaller carpets of the Ait Sgougou tribe were created by woman for their own use in the home as floor coverings.

tribe.Aït Sgougou
region.Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco
circa.1940's
dimensions.7'9" x 5'6" / 2.36m x 1.68m
pile height.Low
fringe length.3"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AG02