Moroccan Atlas Berber Rugs - Handmade by the Berber people in the mountains of Morocco. Imported direct from the Beni Ourain & Moyen tribes in Morocco.
Distinct, abstract lines, obtained by knotting dark yarn over light, make up the minimalist patterns and totemic symbols of protection found in each Berber carpet.
Berber tribes of Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains who roamed at such high altitudes that their flocks were forced to develop a particularly heavy, high-quality fleece crafted these soft, glossy carpets in natural wool and travelled with them in their caravans.
Today only a few nomadic people remain in this area and since the 1970s this tradition of carpet making has become increasingly rare, dying out almost completely. A beautiful and unique antique, this example dating from around the middle of the 20th century represents the last days of a really thriving nomadic culture.
These beautiful rugs should not be mistaken with cheap look-a-likes. Each one is handmade by the woman of the Atlas mountains at a hight 1,780 metres above sea level, a ten-hour drive from Casablanca in the high Atlas region of Morocco.
We only post a small collection of our Berber stock on-line, so please get in touch with colour and size requirements and we can email images of available stock we think may be of interest.
EMMA MELLOR HANDMADE RUGS