Unlike the traditional colors of red, black and white, this unusual find
has a palette of burnt siena, yellow-gold and black. Design features include chevrons, interlocking diamonds, and mountains.
The women weavers of the Zemmour tribe in the Middle Atlas mountains
of eastern Morocco are known for their striking, flat-weave rugs, called hanbels or kilims. We wanted to buy almost every kilim we saw but had to use considerable restraint in our selections.
No two rugs are alike, but they share common design motifs — diamonds, triangles, stripes, stars and zig-zag elements. More than 12,000 years after the Ice Age, when pictographs were carved into stone, these same shapes and signs are still being woven into exquisite, yet utilitarian, rugs.
This kilim would be stunning as a wall hanging.
Size: 6’4” x 2’2”
Wool, cotton, natural dyes
Vintage. This runner has graced the floors of Berber homes over the years and has the patina of age. There are areas of wear and tear, including fading, fraying, small holes and and soiled areas. To us, it is a gem of a find and we were fortunate to find it.