Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ42

This Azilal displays an irregular lozenge pattern knotted in primarily jewel tones on an ivory wool ground. Palette includes various shades of red, green, and blue, with hints of purple, yellow, orange, and brown. Some non-woolen fibers are present in the colored knots, typical of many carpets from this tribe. 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.8' x 4'9" / 2.44m x 1.45m
pile height.Low
fringe length.None
rug no.AZ42
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