Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ39

An excellent quality vintage Moroccan Azilal carpet with a low dense pile and freeform pattern. A single chain of female diamond lozenges is surrounded by vertical rows of branch motifs symbolizing a male protection theme. Natural ivory ground with dark motifs knotted in dark brown. Wool pile and weft 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.8'7" x 4'6" / 2.62m x 1.37m
pile height.Low
fringe length.2"
rug no.AZ39
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