TAKING THE INDOORS OUTDOORS – MOROCCAN RUGS

I came across this image from Houzz today, what a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and I love the camel print on the tepee!  The only thing missing is a nice Moroccan rug spread out on the sand…..and so it inspired me to think more about using rugs outside….

We don’t always have long sustained periods of sunshine in the UK like we had recently, but when we do everyone wants to get outside, to lock up the house and change to outdoor living.  Even if you only have a small outdoor space, such as a balcony or small courtyard, you can still create a cool and stylish area to sit, eat and enjoy the weather.  There’s nothing I like more than being able to eat outside, to see the sun rising with breakfast and setting with dinner.

Photo Credit – Pinterest

So why not embellish your outdoor seating arrangement with rugs and cushions, to make it a complete outdoor living space.  Vintage Flatweaves and Boucherouite rugs are perfect for this.  They are easy to roll up if there is an unexpected shower, and easy to wash….place one in front of an outdoor sofa or underneath a garden table for a really cosy setting.  Add a few other accessories such as lanterns or string lights and it will be a place you’ll never want to leave!  If you like to sit on the grass and eat – picnic style – spread a few different rugs out with cushions….so much more stylish than a picnic blanket!

VINTAGE FLAT WEAVE KILIM BOUCHEROUITE

Since we introduced Kilim Boucherouite to our collection last year, they have become some of our best sellers. These beautiful kilims are made from recycled textiles, just like Boucherouite rugs, but are flat weaves rather than pile rugs. (The Arabic word ‘Boucherouite’ means a piece or scrap of clothing). Most of them are approximately 20 to 30 years old, and have stylish geometric designs which often have a very retro appearance. They originate from the Azilal region of Morocco. Because of a bit of a rejig of our stock, we now have one of my favourite Kilim Boucherouite available in the UK. I love the muted colours in this one, and the design reminds me very much of Missoni! Like the traditional Boucherouite ‘rag rugs’ they are reasonably priced, easy to wash and look great in contemporary spaces. Keeping this in mind we hope to find some more beautiful examples late Summer time to add to our collection. We’ll keep you updated!

Vintage Kilim Boucherouite

 

 

MOROCCAN RUGS AT SOURCE

We have a fantastic range of colourful vintage Boucherouite rugs and flat weaves available to us at source in Marrakech, the image shows just a few!  It’s not possible to stock them all, but they are all photographed and catalogued with dimensions and prices, so if there is something special you are looking for, either in terms of colour or size, please let us know.  We work with a long established family of carpet sellers in Marrakech who are extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and are always more than happy to help us to find the perfect piece for you!  Shipping with FedEx is reasonably priced and takes as little as 3 working days.  info@marbleandmint.co.uk

‘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