Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ41

This vintage Azilal carpet exhibits an artistic variation on the male bar motif, with prominent vertical bars capped with lozenge forms at both ends. Zig zag (snake) protection borders run along both selvedges. Palette includes celadon green, pale pink, cobalt blue, and dark brown knotted on an ivory ground. Excellent wool quality, densely knotted with all wool pile 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 4'1" / 2.84m x 1.25m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4" and 1"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ41
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