In the abundant and varied world of rugs, there is a type of design that we are particularly fond of at AFK Living: the Berber rug. What is its history, how is it made, what are the most popular designs?
You will know everything about Berber carpets after reading this article!
The origin of Berber carpets
Basically, the name “Berber” refers to an ethnic group from North Africa. This population has a very rich and diversified culture, which is found in several countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia...
Berber rugs are extremely old (since the Paleolithic era!). They were mainly hand woven by women. Indeed, the men took care of the cattle and the search for water sources as well as shelters. This allowed them to have wool, cotton and plants so that the women could weave and dye the raw material. Women were not only in charge of weaving, but also of making various objects necessary for daily life.
The Berber tribes are at the origin of the various types of Berber carpets or kilims. The region of origin of each tribe defines the characteristics and appearance of traditional rugs. In general, they are recognized by their line-based patterns. However, there are also those with geometric patterns and those with specific decorations. For example, Berber rugs from Morocco often have braided or worsted fringes.
The particularities of Berber carpets
Berber rugs bring warmth and comfort to a room. They will have their place throughout the house, whether it is the living room, the bedroom or the kitchen. You just have to make sure that the design and the color are in harmony with the room where you want to install it.
However, the right Berber carpet rather depends on your taste because the particularity of Berber carpets depends on their origin. The most famous is that from Béni Ouarain with its sober colors decorated with geometric lines of dark or bright color.
Those of the region of Mrirt are distinguished by their thickness of wool compared to those of Béni Ouarain. The weaving of Mrirt's Berber rugs is also denser which gives them a silky appearance.
Among other well-known models, we can also talk about Azilal rugs. They are recognized by their varied and colorful patterns as well as their short hair. They are well suited in a designer bedroom or living room.
If you appreciate the colors and geometric patterns on a Berber rug, you will find what you are looking for with Boucherouite's kilim rugs.
Vintage Berber rugs
The particularity of the vintage style is surely the retro side but yet timeless. The villages of Boujaad and Zayane are best known for being the origin of many vintage Berber rugs.
If you want to decorate your interior in the vintage style, here are some suggestions to make the whole thing cohesive. First of all, you should know that the vintage look is based on designer furniture in dark colors. The style of the 50s and 60s is perfectly suited to a design based on clean lines and wooden or steel furniture.
Then you can combine aged looking items with modern decor accessories. Last but not least, the vintage look would not be perfect without the choice of bright colors for your accessories (chairs, small furniture and a vintage Berber rug!)