Moroccan Boucherouite Rugs – A Riot of Colour and Irresistible Exuberance
Morocco is well known for beautiful and original hand woven wool rugs, made mostly by Berber tribes, the weaving reflecting their creative independence and age-old traditions and beliefs. Since the middle the 20th century a new type of rug started to become better known, and now it can be found in some of the hippest homes.
This is the gorgeous Boucherouite rug, (pronounced boo-shay-REET), a word meaning ‘a piece torn from pre-used clothing’, or a ‘scrap’. Wonderfully extravagant in colour, these rugs make use of rag strips and yarns from recycled clothes, wool, cotton and even Lurex, plastic and nylon.
Where original vegetable dyes were on the whole subtle and soft, the dyes in these scraps are brighter and bolder. The rugs can feature asymmetrical patterning and free-form shapes based on the tribal symbols and motifs used in wool carpets, such as lozenge, small square and chevron shapes.
They were made as household items, and were often used to cover more expensive hand-made wool rugs, when families were sitting on the floor, preparing food, or for babies to play on. Like so many beautiful tribal carpets, they combine practicality with an irresistible exuberance and sense of fun and happiness.
Maroc Tribal personally sources handmade vintage Moroccan Boucherouite rugs, buying the best authentic pieces during expeditions into Berber villages. These are available on Maroc Tribal’s website gallery, and they ship worldwide.
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