Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ46

This vintage Azilal displays an irregular lozenge network woven in a rather masculine palette of burgundy, grey, black, and ivory. Outlining of vertical chains creates several zig zag formations. Knotted in ivory wool with cotton dyed fibers on a cotton warp and weft. Light and dark are well balanced, lending a pleasing rhythm to the composition.

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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.7'2" x 4'6" / 2.19m x 1.37m
pile height.Low
fringe length.3"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ46
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