Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ53

A smaller Azilal example with an unusual abstract motif surrounded by distorted lozenges and male symbols. Woven in a neutral palette of black and ivory wool with some black cotton present on the ends.

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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's
dimensions.7'9" x 3'4" / 2.36m x 1.01m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.6"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ53