Berber rugs originate from the Middle Atlas and the plains around Marrakech. Their origins are said to be in the 2nd century BC. Traditionally this art form was practised by nomadic women, from the wool obtained by their own sheep. During the rare moments of leisure, the women made Berber rugs to use as blankets or wraps.
There was never a pattern, the women used their own creativity to create unique pieces, and only she knows the story or meaning behind each Berber rug. But typically her carpet reflects above all the phases of her life and the experience of her sexual life: as a virgin, as a new bride, the union with the man, pregnancy and childbirth. So many symbols are based on duality.
The Beni Ourain Rugs have become very popular over the past few years with the striking cream and black detailing, alongside the boucherouite rug which is made purely from recycled clothes, but there are many other Moroccan rugs to choose from. Please take a browse and enjoy!