Vintage Moroccan Marmoucha Carpet MA03

A more recent white Moroccan Marmoucha carpet similar in construction and appearance to works of their neighboring Beni Ouarain tribe. A minimal design with Berber personality showing through, noticeable in the pattern extending beyond its vertical borders, and a broken area in the lozenge network. The large open field of warm ivory and black wool is very consistent and clean. 100% wool.

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The Marmoucha tribe lives in the southern region of the Middle Atlas. They belong to the Berber Zenata, who have lived in the eastern Middle Atlas since the 10th century. Heavily influenced by their Beni Ouarain neighbors, they originally produced only white bedding carpets with a diamond lattice of narrow black lines enclosing white squares (chessboard design). They typically use the Berber knot and only rarely the symmetric knot. Marmoucha women and men weave colorful carpets for floor coverings, which have a compact hand and are quite heavy. Their flatweaves usually have a ground color of bright red/purple and orange.

region.Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco
dimensions.11'3" x 6'1" / 3.43m x 1.85m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.4" and 3"
rug no.MA03
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