Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ47

A beautiful older example of an Azilal with a well balanced symmetrical lozenge network. Horizontal rows of female fertility symbols and male protection symbols include the cross motif, triplet, and bars. Woven with a linear construction of interspersed hand knots between rows of weft, allowing a natural warm taupe ground to peek through in some areas. Pile colors include sea green, bright yellow, faded pink, and natural dark brown. Some non-woolen dyed fibers present, 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.1960's
dimensions.9'2" x 5'7" / 2.79m x 1.70m
pile height.Low
fringe length.2"
condition.Excellent
rug no.AZ47