‘How thick is the rug?’ – Textures and Terms

The question we are most often asked is ‘how thick is the rug?’, and this is often difficult to describe accurately, even images sometimes don’t convey the depth of pieces. The term flat weave describes a rug or kilim woven on a loom rather than knotted, using interlocking vertical and horizontal threads. Expect these to be quite thin, and great for wall hangings as well as floor coverings. Boucherouite rugs are also flat weaves, but their embellishment with hundreds of pieces of recycled textiles gives them an extra depth. Pile rugs, such as Beni Ouarain, are hand knotted, and as such they can take a considerable amount of time to produce. Their pile is deep and soft. This is one of our newly woven Beni, they are both heavy and soft, and certainly the kind of rugs to sink your toes into!Beni Ouarain



Solange Knowles - Zemmour Flat WeaveWe’re guessing if you’re reading this you’re already a big fan of Moroccan rugs….Cindy Crawford - Beni Ouarainand you’re in good company!  They continue to be a favourite of interior designers around the world.  Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian - Beni OuarainColourful vintage Berber rugs and the classic geometric designs found on Beni Ouarain rugs are a favourite of celebrities too!Mario Testino - Vintage Berber Wool Rug  So we’ve put together a collection of images of celebrity owned rooms featuring these timeless pieces so you can do a spot of style stealing! Naomi Watts - Vintage Berber RugVanessa Branson - Vintage Azilal RugPics 1 to 6  – Solange Knowles, Cindy Crawford, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Mario Testino, Naomi Watts, Vanessa Branson



We’ve got some great reductions throughout our website and eBay store for the first Spring holiday of the year, even though the weather in the UK certainly doesn’t look very Spring like at the moment! Easter time is traditional for a bit of cleaning out and changing with the season, so if you’re spending time indoors, and thinking about making some new additions to your home, maybe adding some texture and colour, check out our offers on colourful vintage Berber rugs, Moroccan pouffes, Pom Pom blankets and textiles…..Some are for a limited time only. Next working day delivery also! Happy Easter!!

Marble and Mint in the UAE – Outlets

We had a fantastic day at the Ripe Market at Zabeel Park last Friday.  A beautiful warm day with a breeze, following some very unseasonal weather in Dubai!  Thank you to everyone who stopped to say hello and admire our collection.  We had an amazing response to our Vintage Berber rugs, and also to our custom made service for newly woven Beni Ouarain rugs, so here are a couple of places you will be able to see them in Dubai now, and in the near future…..

Tribe Dubai’s stunning studio on the Sheikh Zayed Road (next to Dubai Garden Centre) +97142718718 have some of our new Benis in stock, and Jo will be able to give advice on our custom made service for newly woven rugs.  We’re also really excited to be part of a new online community selling exclusive handmade products from independent designers and retailers, launching at the end of this month.  It’s called Home Bazar (www.homebazar.com) where you will be able to see a collection of our vintage Berber rugs, cushions and other textiles, available for shipping within Dubai. We’ll keep you posted!