Traditionally, Moroccan rugs were made by the people of Morocco for their utility – not as much for their design or appearance. Today, Moroccan rugs are still crafted by tribal peoples and are highly sought after in the Western world.
What Materials Are Used to Make Moroccan Rugs?
Moroccan rugs can be crafted from real wool or a blend of synthetics, and what types of materials are used depend greatly on what tribe is crafting the rug. Moroccan rugs have very rich colors that are created with natural dyes like saffron and poppy flower, and Morocco is one of the few areas that have natural indigo dyes. You’ll often see Moroccan rugs in reds, oranges, blacks, and whites.
How Are Moroccan Rugs Woven?
As with the design, the way Moroccan rugs are woven depend on what tribe is doing the weaving. For example, you may have a hand-knotted Moroccan rug, or you could have a flat weave with no knots at all. A variation of the flat weave is also used, called a weft substitution. Because Moroccan rugs are woven by tribes who are nomadic in nature and move around frequently, these rugs tend to be rougher to the touch and more simplistic in style.
Where to Find Moroccan Rugs
Genuine Moroccan rugs can be difficult to find. At the Rug Gallery, we have a wide variety of Oriental rugs to choose from and can help you find the perfect Moroccan rug you’re looking for. Contact us today.