Vintage Moroccan Boujad Carpet BJ05

This vintage Boujad is composed of an intricate network of Berber symbolism, including lozenges, branches, eight pointed stars, and checkerboard motifs. A large chevron detail can be translated as either an agricultural or fertility symbol. The symbols are organized within blocks, creating an overall geometric structure to the piece. Woven in a unique palette of magenta, bright pink, orange, celadon green, and black wool on a cotton warp. Framed with partial side protection borders, and finished with a band of flatweave at one end.

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Boujad

An Arab urban center with both Arab and Arabized Berber tribes in the Haouz plains region east of Marrakech (between the Middle Atlas and Atlantic Ocean) named after the town of Boujad, which has an important carpet souk. Carpets from this region have similarities to those from the Middle Atlas, utilizing Berber motifs and similar structures, but tend to take on a more individualistic creative approach. Motifs are often distorted, and vast colors reflect an urban influence. These carpets can vary from an abstract side of weaving art to more precise symmetrical messages. Boujad carpets were not made for bedding but rather for use on the floor.

tribe.Boujad
region.Plains, Morocco
circa.1960's
dimensions.8'10" x 5'3" / 2.69m x 1.6m
pile height.Low
fringe length.6"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BJ05