In Morocco this type of flat woven rug is called a hanbel. The skilled women weavers of the Ait Zaiane tribe in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco are renowned for their complex, detailed designs and this one is no exception. The diamond shape, or lion’s paw, is a predominant Berber symbol. Borders feature small, linked diamonds on a checkerboard background.
The beautifully faded, neutral palette of dark grey wool, pale yellow (possibly from saffron) and creamy white would suggest that the age “guesstimate” for this intricately woven beauty is mid-20th century.
Size: 5’ x 8’8”
Materials: Wool, cotton
Condition: Good. Several very small, well-mended areas. Original, brighter colors have faded due to age. Some light soiling. No stains.
Care: Blot spills immediately with cold water. Professional cleaning