If this vibrant little rug could talk it might say "My maker was a young Berber woman of limited means with a love of bright, warm colors, who wove me for her own home and that's where I lived for years, humbly and happily." Of course, we don't know the history of this kilim but we have vivid imaginations and this story could well be true. It certainly spoke to us when we first saw it in Meknes.
Some rug merchants in Morocco will expose a newly woven rug to sunlight which fades it quickly and gives the appearance of an older piece. When the rug is flipped to the reverse, the bright, original colors remain. This sweet flat-weave is still a bright orange-y red with traditional Berber symbols woven in orange, white and black. We love the zig-zag borders with black and cream herringbone stripes.
Would be striking as a wall hanging or as an area rug. Don't be afraid to walk on it. That's why it was made.
Size: 3' x 6'6" (including fringe)
Materials: Wool, cotton
Conditon: Reasonably good condition for its age and use. As we like to think, it has "the patina of age". There are areas of fraying and soiling. One end is loosely finished without fringe but that is a typical feature.