Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ29

This Azilal has an unusual composition of horizontal lozenge rows connected by linear elements, with both solid and open motifs. The heathered ivory and sunny yellow/orange field is knotted in wool pile, as are hints of cobalt blue and dark brown. Accent colors in loden green, pale grey, magenta, and some dark brown areas are knotted in cotton fibers, typical of many Azilals.

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Azilal

This High Atlas village produces some very colorful carpets from a Berber tribe of the same name. The Azilal tribe shares many patterns and symbols that are similar to its Beni Ouarain cousin, but differ in knot technique. The main difference is in construction, Azilals utilizing a single knot technique, while the Beni Ouarain tribes use a double knot and weave entirely in wool. Azial carpets can be made of a wool pile with various other fibers woven into the backing. This is due in part to limited access of raw wool material and the lack of need for the rugs to provide insulation from the cold.

tribe.Azilal
region.High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
circa.1980
dimensions.6'6" x 4'8" / 1.98m x 1.42m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.4"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ29