Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ28

An understated and sophisticated Azilal with an emphasis on texture rather than pattern. Deceivingly minimal when viewed at a distance, but upon closer look, the more complex structure and colors becomes apparent. Color comes into play through cotton knots in navy, yellow, red, green, and violet on an ivory and dark brown wool field. Additional hints of multicolor in the woven weft peek through the pile. Cotton warp and fringe.

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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.9'1" x 5'11" / 2.77m x 1.55m
pile height.Low
fringe length.3" on each end
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ28
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