Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ32

This vintage Moroccan Azilal exhibits an unusual grid pattern, a variation on a male symbol. Pile is knotted in all wool in a palette of faded apricot, salmon, bright pink, and black on a cotton warp and weft. Hints of various colors from the weft yarns peek through the pile, adding further texture and depth to the piece.

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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.10' x 4'10" / 3.05m x 1.47m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.5"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ32
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