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Beni Ourain Rug by Cooperative Azta

Beni Ourain style rugs are pile knot rugs intricately designed and are used as two sided rugs in Oued Ifrane. There is the summer side, when the pile side is placed face down on the ground to keep things cooler. During the winter, the pile side is placed up to keep things warmer. You can find these carpets with natural wool from the local sheep or cotton yarn bought from the village market. Depending on the size of the rug, it can take weeks to create. Each knot needs to be individually tied and cut, so one person is only able to create a meter in two weeks.

Approx. Size 9ft 4in x 6ft 1in x 1in or 2m 85cm x 1m 86cm x 3cm

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Aicha Mahboub from Souq El Hed, Morocco

handmade by

Aicha Mahboub

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Cooperative Azta

Aicha Mahboub born in 1975 in Sakhirat is an unmarried woman with primary school level education. She learned weaving from ... show more Aicha Mahboub born in 1975 in Sakhirat is an unmarried woman with primary school level education. She learned weaving from her mother's hands and developed a desire for the craft. As a founder of the cooperative she has been chosen by the women to act as the president and continues to work and help the cooperative grow.

This Original Item was Handmade using the Local Materials and Tools Below

Cotton from Souq El Hed, Morocco

Cotton

Cotton is used to create the warp of this item. While warps can be made ... show more Cotton is used to create the warp of this item. While warps can be made using wool, cotton is more commonly preferred because it helps ensure the rug shape does not warp over time.

Tadout - Wool from Souq El Hed, Morocco

Tadout - Wool

Wool from this area is of medium to long length. Medium to long length wool ... show more Wool from this area is of medium to long length. Medium to long length wool reflects the hot summers and cold winters, though not as extreme as the High Atlas. This wool length is important and medium to long length ensures that that the threads of wool are durable and do not overly shed. This is comparison to short wool from southern Morocco, which can shed much easier as the threads as the wool fibers are not long relative to else were in Morocco. Further, wool in the High Atlas is longer with creates highly durable thread. So while long thread does not shed, it also does not create any fraying at all. Wool from Mrirt strikes a popular balance between durablity, tightness of thread, while still just short enough to provide a gentle fray that is highly sought after.

Iseka from Souq El Hed, Morocco

Iseka

This set of wooden paddles studded with very thin nails is used to take the ... show more This set of wooden paddles studded with very thin nails is used to take the partially combed wool and create fine sheets of wool used to create wool string.

Vertical Loom from Souq El Hed, Morocco

Vertical Loom

Azta uses metal looms provided by the Ministry of Artisans at a local weaving center. ... show more Azta uses metal looms provided by the Ministry of Artisans at a local weaving center. However, if the women decide to weave at home, they're woven on a traditional wooden loom.


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