Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ40

A primarily neutral Azilal runner combining an irregular lozenge pattern and zig zag motifs. Knotted in dark brown and oatmeal/grey on an ivory wool ground, with hints of color including cobalt blue, pink, sea green, yellow, and pale blue. Some non-woolen fibers are present in the colored knots, typical of many carpets from this tribe. Woven on a 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.1980-1990
dimensions.11'1" x 2'2" / 3.37m x .76m
pile height.Low
fringe length.3"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ40