Hayat joined the Ain Leuh Cooperative in 2001. Though she was unable to finish school, she has used the opportunity to continue learning. She credits the cooperative for giving her experience in marketing, dealing with customers, and of course, traveling to many craft fairs across the country. She now specializes in making the cooperatives pile knot rugs and hanbel rugs.
Pile knot rugs (Zrbyia) are one of the standard in traditional rugs in Morocco. Traditionally, they are used as seating in Moroccan homes to suppress the cold in the winter. Sometimes, they are used as blankets.
For the guest room, it suppresses the cold emanating from the floor during winter.
The genuine wool from this area is renowned for its quality because of the good care taken by the shepherds, guaranteeing the highest quality of wool to be used to make a pile knot rug.
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