Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ45

This vintage Azilal exhibits an overall pattern with a woven Boucherouite ground adding depth and texture to the piece . A network of lozenges and horizontal and vertical bar motifs organizes the composition into a loose grid form. The pattern is knotted in red, green, blue, and black cotton with an ivory woolen field 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.9'2" x 4'6" / 2.79m x 1.37m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ45
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