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Hanbel Igni Rug
Handmade and designed by Association Zaouia Oued Ifrane
Meet the Artisans
Aicha Arab was born in Khenifra and live there until a family friend of her neighbor met her and eventually asked her to marry him. When her husband has little work in the fields, they frequently travel to Khenifra to visit friends and family. They like Zaouia and Khenifra equally the same and believe that the towns are the two best places in Morocco. Aicha uses the sales of her carpets to support her one son, and hopes that by investing in him, he will find stable work in the future and led a great life.
Fatima is a native of Zaouia and so is her husband. Together, they have three boys and three girls. Her children are all grown up, but since they couldn’t find work in any of the nearby cities, they still live at home. Her husband was an employee at a fishery in the north of Morocco, but he took early retirement and returned back to Zaouia because of looming stikes that he felt would cripple the company. With the sales of the carpets and her husband pensions, Fatima is able to comfortably support her family, but if she had extra income she would like to open up a small store in Zaouia in the future.
Laziza is a Zaouia native and also married a Zaouia native as well. Unfortunately, several years ago her husband became ill with dementia and disappeared. Because of this, Laziza raised her only daughter independently. When her daughter married, her husband moved to Zaouia and they now all live together. Her daughter’s husband works in construction and supports the family through his wage. Laziza hopes that one day she will be able to generate enough money in the future so she can support herself and her daughter’s growing family. Laziza also hopes that one day, she’ll be able to travel back to her favorite Moroccan city of Meknes.
Fadima Nori, like many of the women in the association, was born in the nearby city of Mirirt and moved to Zaowia when she married her husband. Her husband, Mohamed, is a farmer and when he is not in the fields he can be found shepherding his flock of sheep in the mountains above Zaowia. Fadima supports her household with sales through her carpets and if she were to sell a lot more, she would ensure that she could afford to put her children through school and open a small grocery store in her village. When Fadima is not working at the association, she likes to relax at home and watch her favorite Turkish soap opera television shows.
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4ft 9in x 3ft x 1in
1m 45cm x 92cm x 1cm
Product ID: 9643
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This carpet is woven in the traditional flat weave style. However, the Amazigh motifs on this carpet have a unique texture as they are sewn in after the carpet is made.The hanbel has a bohemian chic feel and can accent any open space.
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