Morocco is a country rich in history and cultural diversity. From the native Amazigh tribes of the Atlas Mountain to the African, Arab and Jewish influences, Morocco is renowned for its architecture, food and of course rugs.
While Moroccan rugs are well known, people are sometimes unclear as to which designs are actually Moroccan. Here we will list the various types of Moroccan rugs and detail their origins and particular styles.
Azilals are tribal rugs from the central Moroccan province of Azilal. Handwoven by berber women, these rugs are similar to Beni Ourains in their plushness and heavy pile. Where they differ is their colours. Azilals typically incorporate more geometric shapes and multiple colours of wool tainted with vegetable dyes. If you want the design of a Beni Ourain with a bit more spunk and spice, then Azilals are the rugs for you.
Beni Ourains are 100% sheepskin wool rugs handmade by Beni Ourain tribes in the moroccan Atlas Mountains. Traditionally cream in color with large lozenges or other berber insignia, some more rare Benis can be found in colours such as turquoise and taupe. These rugs are very trendy due to their timeless and minimalist look. In fact they were admired by designer such as LeCorbusier who liked to juxtapose his leather furniture with Beni Ourains, and Frank Lloyd Wright, who had them all over his famous home in Chicago. Other variations include Beni Mririt rugs.
Boucherouite rugs are made out of recycled materials. These echo rugs , handmade by Berber women have become increasingly popular thanks in no small part to their charm and bright colours. These rugs are truly one of a kind. Shop our collection here.
Yes, you read right. Even though Kilims are typically associated with the Balkans, Pakistan or Turkey, Morocco also produces gorgeous Kilims. These rugs are flat woven meaning they appear thinner and not as soft as other wool rugs. Kilims have no pile. What they do have are awesome designs and colours. Specifically, Moroccan Kilims fits in many decors, from Moroccan, to California Boho. Kilims are typically more affordable than other rugs and in warm weather can function as indoor/outdoor. We’ve assembled an awesome collection of Kilims if you’d like to get more familiar with that style.
Boujad rugs are those very colorful (and very trendy) rugs in purples,oranges and pinks. Also popular as pouffs, these rugs hail from the middle Atlas Mountains.
Rabat rugs (R’Bati)
As a child of Moroccan parents, i grew up around these brightly coloured rugs. Typically in bright reds and blues and sometimes green or purple, these rugs are from the city of Rabat, the capital of Morocco. The rugs often contain a large diamond motif in the center, and designs on the contour enclosing a plain area. Today, these rugs are less popular however you can still find them in houses of upper class families in Morocco and the Moroccan diaspora. Here is the R’Bati rug from my parent’s house: