Vintage Moroccan Aït Youssi Carpet AY02

An extraordinary Aït Youssi expressing the pure creative spirit found in Berber weavings. An intricate network of male zig zag motifs is organized in bands, shifting in scale, pile height, and color. Several knot techniques add further texture and personality to the piece. A vibrant palette includes bright purple/magenta, orange, red, mustard, pale yellow, celadon green and charcoal, with highlights of ivory throughout. 100% wool pile on a goat hair warp.

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Aït Youssi

Living in the modern tribal territory in the border region between the plateau and Middle Atlas fold, this tribe's colorful carpets have been influenced by the Beni M'Guild. One differentiating feature often found is the continuation of knotting onto the back of the carpet at the selvage. Carpets from the southern region display colors found in Marmoucha works, while those of the middle region combine all the colors and designs from the Middle Atlas. Aït Youssi motifs include the diamond lattice in addition to squares, rectangles, and triangles. Diamond motifs are woven using black parallel lines with triangles or a stepped pattern in between, or minimal lines containing orange or yellow motifs.

tribe.Aït Youssi
region.Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco
circa.1960's-1970's
dimensions.10' x 6'5" / 3.04m x 1.95m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.6" and 3"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AY02
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