Vintage Moroccan Boucherouite Carpet BU04

This colorful Boucherouite balances male/female symbolism, with a checkerboard pattern dispersed between a central vertical lozenge chain and side borders. Wool pile is knotted in a palette of pale apricot, mustard yellow, seafoam green, and violet on a wool warp with multicolor cotton weft. A time faded patina adds to the character of the piece.

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A common utilitarian rug made in all regions of Morocco woven of recycled cloth, most often cotton clothing and other various fibers. Some of the patterns are more extreme while others take on a more traditional look. Many of the more elaborate colorful examples play a specific role in the Berber home. The Berbers are innately superstitious, and feel wild patterns and vibrant colors can help ward off negative energy and evil spirits. Many Boucherouites can be found in the entryways of homes throughout the region. It is believed that the bright colors and striking patterns confuse the evil eye and prevent the home from taking in unwanted guests.

region.Plains, Morocco
dimensions.6'4" x 3'7" / 1.93m x 1.09m
pile height.Low
fringe length.2"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BU04
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