Martina has spent much of the last 8 years trawling the markets of Marrakech, getting to know traders and developing an excellent working partnership with one of the largest rug showrooms in the Medina. This family business has been trading for more than 70 years and has an unrivalled knowledge of Berber carpets and their weavers. Through their own workshops in the Atlas Mountains, Martina is able to offer a bespoke service with both customised designs and sizes to suit clients’ requirements. Alongside this, the stylish Riad showroom in Marrakech has a vast selection of vintage and antique rugs, some of which are featured here on the website. However, this is just a snapshot of the selection currently available, and Martina is always happy to source and secure the exactly the right piece for her clients. The extremely busy showroom means that stock changes fairly quickly, with pieces being sold and new pieces secured on a daily basis. Please do use the contact form to check the availability of stock before making any purchases from the website.
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A bit more about Moroccan rugs
Rugs have been woven by the indigenous people of Morocco for centuries. Each tribe has its own style of weaving and each style is named after the region from which the tribe originates.
Rugs were traditionally woven for their utility rather than decorative purposes, and used as bed coverings or sleeping mats. The nomadic tribes made lighter carpets to make them easy to transport. They have always been woven for the most part, by women, using design elements from their own personal experience, relating to birth, rural life, beliefs and spirituality. Other designs include talisman symbols, characters from the old Berber alphabet and geometric patterns. Moroccan rugs are beautiful works of ‘folk art’ made by untrained people in isolated locations.
Some are old, some are new, some in the middle, but all are much sought after all over the world by experts and laymen who are intrigued by their timeless and distinctive beauty.
Modern Beni Ouarain Rugs
With so many beautiful new Beni Ouarain productions now available in Marrakech, we’re sure that 2018 will be the year of the modern Beni. Our partner/supplier, Bazar du Sud, is one of the oldest carpet traders in Morocco, founded in 1940, and specialising in the design of tribal rugs. They work with weavers in the Atlas Mountains, producing beautiful new pieces using the finest quality wool and traditional weaving techniques. Some are woven using traditional tribal designs, and others with unique contemporary designs. They are investment pieces, and are sure to last a lifetime and beyond. If you are in Marrakech and you would like to see their collection at first hand, please let us know, Yazid Lamdaghri and his family will be sure to give you the warmest welcome! For more details please email us at email@example.com