Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ31

This vintage Moroccan Azilal beautifully combines female and male symbolism, with two individual networks of female lozenges separated by a grouping of male vertical stick motifs running down the center of the carpet. Pile knotted in natural ivory and dark brown wool on a cotton warp. Unusually large example of an Azilal, making this carpet a unique find.

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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.1970-1980
dimensions.14'10" x 5'4" / 4.52m x 1.63m
pile height.Low
fringe length.6"
condition.Excellent
rug no.AZ31