Alter Marrocan Berber
200 cm x 120 cm
Lightly framed Alter Marrocan Berber, golden beige
|Place of origin|
|Size||200 cm x 120 cm (= 2.4 qm)|
|Material||Flor: wool (handspun, natural color)|
Weft & Warp: wool
|Year of manufacture||1950|
|Coloring||golden beige, turquoise|
Place of origin
Moroccan Berber tribes were usually half-nomads, who as herdsmen kept their cattle high in the mountains and moved with their herds from one pastureland to the next. The old knotting techniques have been handed down in the Berber tribes for centuries and are passed on from mother to daughter.
Moroccan Berber rugs were traditionally knotted for domestic use. This enabled the knotters to play with shapes and colors in a free and spontaneous way, without any patterns, while following their personal ideas and their individual intuitions. The traditional pattern of Moroccan Berber rugs consists of geometric, partly colorful, abstract forms and lines on monochromatic backgrounds. Designers such as Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer and Arne Jacobsen appreciated the naive and clear design of the high-floor Moroccan nomadic rugs. The powerful artistic expression of Berber women has an extraordinary charisma and makes the Berber rugs unique. This old Marrocan Berber is more than 40 years old and a true collector's item.
The edge of this rug is decorated with a hint of border.
The repeating elements in the center field of this Marrocan Berber rug have no specific center (so-called repeating pattern). The repeating pattern has a calming but not boring effect. Rugs with repeating patterns are also called patterned.
The background of this Marrocan Berber is beige. The colors golden beige and turquoise dominate the overall impression. The border features dark blue, light red and turquoise.
This Marrocan Berber has had admirers before you. It was hand knotted about 1950. We have cleaned it thoroughly and restored it lovingly. Therefore it is in very good condition despite its age.
The technique used to produce the materials of the pile of this Marrocan Berber is over 200 years old. The wool is dyed with natural colors and spun by hand. Dyeing with natural or vegetable dyes is more complicated, expensive and time-consuming than dyeing with chemical dyes. For a bright red, for example, you would need about one kilogram of ground madder root per kilogram of wool as dye. For a strong, not too pale yellow, you would need two kilograms of the dye madder per kilogram of wool. Also spinning wool is time-consuming and labor-intensive. In addition, fewer and fewer people are able to hand spin wool.
But the effort is worth it: By dyeing with natural dyes, the high-quality wool retains its natural fat content. Wool dyed with natural colors and spun by hand creates fascinating, iridescent patterns. The charm of hand-spun wool with its slight irregularities and natural hues unfolds as a contrasting element in modern interiors, but also in rooms that are furnished in a more traditional or country house style. The backing (weft and warp threads) of this Marrocan Berber is made of virgin wool.