Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ70

A vintage Moroccan Azilal with an abstract message, displaying a central vertical lozenge chain bordered by additional chains of filled motifs. Knotted in ivory wool on a cotton warp with some fluorescent cotton fibers adding vibrancy and character to the piece. Multicolored borders with horizontal rods create ladder formations. This example is a sister carpet to AZ69, both produced by the same weaver.

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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.6'6" x 4'2" / 2.03m x 1.27m
pile height.Low
fringe length.2"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ70
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