Trend of the moment : Berber rugs

Trend of the moment : Berber rugs

In the abundant and varied universe of rugs, there is  a type of design that we particularly like at AFK Living : the Berber rug. What is its history, how it is made, what are the most popular designs?

You will know everything about Berber rugs after reading this article!

The origin of Berber rugs

Basically, the name “Berber” refers to a North Africa’s ethnic group. This population has a very rich and diversified culture, which can be 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 were in charge of the cattle and the search for water sources and shelters. This allowed them to have wool, cotton and plants so that women could weave and dye the raw material. The 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 rugs or kilims. The main region of each tribe defines the characteristics and appearance of traditional rugs. In general, they can be identified by their line patterns. However, there are also those with geometric patterns and those with specific decorations. For example, berber rugs in Morocco often have braided or combed fringes.

The particularities of Berber rugs

Berber rugs bring warmth and comfort to a room. They will have their place throughout the house, whether in the living room, bedroom or kitchen. Just make sure that the design and color are appropriate for the room where you want to install it.

However, the right berber rug depends more on your taste. Because the particularity of berber rugs depends on their origin. The most famous is the one from Béni Ouarain with its sober colours decorated with geometric lines of dark or bright colour.

Those of the Mrirt region are distinguished by their wool thickness compared to those of Béni Ouarain. The weaving of Mrirt’s berber rugs is also denser, which gives them a silky appearance.

Among other famous models, we can also talk about the Azilal rugs. They can be identified by their varied and colourful patterns and short hair. They are well suited for a bedroom or a designer living room.

If you appreciate the colours and geometric patterns on a berber rug, you will find your happiness with the kilim rugs of Boucherouite.

The vintage berber rugs

The particularity of the vintage style is surely the retro and timeless side. The villages of Boujaad and Zayane are the most famous to be the origin of many vintage berber rugs.

If you want to decorate your interior in a vintage style, here are some suggestions to make the whole thing more coherent. First of all, you should know that the vintage look is based on the designer furniture in dark colours. The style of the 50s and 60s is perfectly suited to a design based on clean lines and wooden or made of steel furniture. Then, you can combine objects with an aged look with modern decorative accessories. Finally, most importantly and not the 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!)

The manufacture of berber rugs nowadays

In general, they are made by women from Berber tribes. The main raw material for these rugs is the wool of a particular sheep. A breed with the characteristic of being small in size and very robust. The manufacture of rugs requires a great deal of know-how passed down from generation to generation and a lot of patience. It should be noted that the manufacture of a berber rug takes weeks or even months.

First of all, the manufacturing process begins with the selection of the wool. The craftswomen choose their own sheep and then shear them. The wool is then washed and eroded to keep a good texture. Then, the weaving of the rug is handmade by making a good weaving spinning. After knotting the rugs, they can dye the patterns on the rugs.

The last step is to cut and trim the rug to the desired shape. Craftswomen use special scissors to have the basic length. Before placing the rugs on the market, they are first washed and dried several times with a final drying under the natural heat of the sun. This improves their robustness and makes them softer.

Maintenance of Berber rugs

When you love your rug, you must know how to maintain it in order to extend its longevity. First of all, the maintenance of a Berber rug begins with the way it is cleaned. It is necessary to vacuum it regularly and as gently as possible. You should use a vacuum with a soft tip to avoid damaging the rug. In case of a stain, it is important to know that you can use baking soda on the rug and vacuum it again.

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