Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ16

This vintage Moroccan Azilal carpet from the northern Aït Bou Guemmez Valley has a bold graphic pattern woven in bright cobalt blue and black cotton on an ivory wool ground. The network of motifs bear resemblance to insect-like forms, displaying this weaver's creative approach to translating the traditional lozenge. Generous size would make for an excellent runner.

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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.13'1" x 4'4" / 3.99m x 1.32m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4"
condition.Very Good
rug no.AZ16
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