Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ49

This neutral older Azilal exhibits abstract meandering lozenge chains, distorted bar motifs, and scattered stones, lending to the primitive story of the piece. The motif system constructed of Berber knots in warm brown wool are variegated, creating a pixelated quality to the pattern. The fine ivory ground appears polished from age and use creating a lustrous patina. A few older repairs are evident along the selvedges. 100% wool.

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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.9'10" x 4'8" / 2.99m x 1.42m
pile height.Low
fringe length.2"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ49
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