Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ23

A very bright and lively vintage Moroccan Azilal carpet composed of lozenges, zigzags, and meandering squares. The vibrating multicolored lozenges are intended to confuse and ward off evil spirits. Woven in a dense ivory and medium brown wool with cotton tinted fibers, including fluorescent orange and pink, on a cotton warp. Note small area of repair on one end, which does not detract from overall condition.

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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.

region.High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
dimensions.9' x 5'10" / 2.74m x 1.78m
pile height.Low
fringe length.2" on each end
condition.Very good
rug no.AZ23
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