Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ34

An exceptional vintage Moroccan Azilal with a lozenge network that progresses from a more regular to organic formation, dotted with male cross and female fertility motifs. Asymmetrical side protection borders contain both male and female abstract symbolism, including a checkerboard motif not typically found in carpets from this tribe. Knotted in an unusual palette of faded turquoise, orange, dark brown, periwinkle, and yellow on an ivory ground. A fine, lustrous wool pile knotted 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.9'4" x 4'5" / 2.85m x 1.35m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4"
rug no.AZ34
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