Vintage Moroccan Zemmour Carpet ZM01

Usually with a woven field of red dyed wool, this atypical example of a vintage Moroccan Zemmour carpet has an undyed natural ivory ground with dark brown and black motifs. Combination of classic Berber and unconventional symbols including Greek key, pyramid and capsule shaped chain border. Low pile height lends a precise graphic quality reminiscent of cave etchings. 100% wool.

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Zemmour

This tribe in the southern Middle Atlas region has a varied history being on the main trade route from Timbuktu to Marrakech. The usual color palette of the Zemmour tribe has a deep red background using the madder root for the dye commonly traded in the local souk markets. From time to time the designs of the tribe would take on a neighboring influence.

tribe.Zemmour
region.Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco
circa.1950-1960
dimensions.9'6" x 5'6" / 2.9m x 1.68m
pile height.Low
fringe length.1"
condition.Very Good
rug no.ZM01