Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ33

This grand scaled vintage Azilal carpet exhibits a meandering lozenge network containing fertility symbols and a large central elongated medallion motif. Continual shifts throughout the pattern create a very dynamic composition. Knotted in ivory and dark brown with hints of black and grey. Flat woven areas finish both ends, one punctuated with crimson red in the weft. All wool pile woven on a cotton warp.

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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.15' x 5'3" / 4.57m x 1.6m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.5"
rug no.AZ33
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