Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ55

This Azilal exhibits a classic irregular female lozenge network with other fertility and Berber symbols present. The pattern is knotted in natural black and brown wool on an ivory ground, with randomly placed red cotton tufts adding a touch of color. Woven on a cotton warp with flat weave bands at both ends.

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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.9'6" x 5'1" / 2.89m x 1.54m
pile height.Low
fringe length.5"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ55
rug no.$1,000 (sale), previously $2,500