Vintage Moroccan Rehamna Carpet RH03

An abstract and primitive example of a vintage Rehamna, this carpet exhibits archaic symbolism including some recognizable Berber motifs (geometric, chessboard, and other glyphs vaguely resembling agricultural forms). A rich story narrated by the weaver is open to interpretation. Knotted in shades of faded terracotta obtained from natural dye and dark brown wool, with selvedges in brown goat hair. A flat weave band finishes the piece on one end.

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Rehamna

This Arab Maqil tribe with Arabised Berbers lives on the Haouz plains north of Marrakech. Rehamna carpets are typically either a monochromatic ground field of red/orange (sometimes with small motifs), while others can take on a more abstract style, borrowing from the urban carpets of Rabat. The latter approach often exhibit motifs including undulating lines, lozenges, geometric triangles or squares, chessboard, and agricultural elements including animals and plant forms.

tribe.Rehamna
region.Plains, Morocco
circa.1930-1940
dimensions.8'6" x 5'2" / 2.59m x 1.57m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4" and 3"
condition.Very Good
rug no.RH03