Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ35

A vintage Moroccan Azilal carpet that artfully combines a classic female lozenge network with a male checkerboard motif. An incomplete border vaguely frames the composition. Knotted in a palette of red/orange, cobalt blue, sea green, pink, and dark brown in a combination of wool and cotton on an ivory wool ground and cotton warp.

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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's
dimensions.10'5" x 5' / 3.18m x 1.52m
pile height.Low
fringe length.3"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ35