Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ56

This Azilal displays a colorful variation of the classic female lozenge network. The shifting of the pattern creates a dynamic composition in brightly colored cotton, including some fluorescent highlights. Motifs are knotted in a slightly higher pile than the ivory wool ground, adding dimension to the piece. Note the almost square proportions, making it a very functional piece. 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.6'10" x 5'10" / 2.08m x 1.77m
pile height.Low
fringe length.8"
rug no.AZ56
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