Moroccan handmade rugs, or hand-knotted rugs, are unique in that every rug is created by a different woman artisan who conveys her historical heritage in her skillful creation. Often working in cooperatives, these women live in rural areas of Morocco and generally devote months to working on a single rug. The motifs and patterns of Moroccan rugs can be symbolic of the family from which the weaver comes, representative of wealth or social status or indicative of a certain religious belief. All tell a different story, which makes them unique and precious.
Handmade rugs usually use natural dyes that translate into vibrant colors, making them more prominent accent pieces than manufactured rugs. With their intricate motifs and flamboyant colors, Moroccan handmade rugs will add warmth and depth to bare floors in any room of your home.
The natural colors that are often used are yellow, red, blue, green, burgundy, white and black. The white and black are made of sheep wool, the blue from the indigo plant, burgundy from pomegranate, the yellow from saffron, the red is usually extracted from henna and the green is made of mint. All other dyes use a mix or a shade of the dyes mentioned above.
One of the advantages of using natural dyes in handmade rugs is their long-lasting life, which provides endurance and timeless elegance. They are pieces of fine art in that they are a lifetime investment, intended to be admired, revered and passed on to generation after generation.
The elaborate designs of all handmade rugs are created using one or more of three major types of weaves: pile weave, flat weave and hand-tufted. Pile weave or knotted weave is the method most used and consists of creating knots with yarn. In contrast, flat weave does not use knots in the weaving process, therefore the surface appears flat. As with the flat weave, a hand-tufted rug is created without tying knots. In this process wool or yarn is pushed through a primary backing, which creates the tufts. They are then glued together, and a second and third foundation is applied to the back of the rug. The loops of the tufts are then sheered as last step of the process. Typically, Moroccan rugs use either a pile or flat weave or a combination of the two.
There is nothing more unique than something handmade. Creative use of color and intricate details are inherent in all handmade rugs. These characteristics are especially evident in Moroccan rugs. Bring this one-of-a-kind feel to your home with a Moroccan rug and let the beauty of the exquisite craftsmanship fill your dining room, living room, bedroom or hallway.