NEW FOR OCTOBER…..VINTAGE KILIM BOUCHEROUITE

A sneak peak of some beautiful Vintage Kilim Boucherouite arriving this month to add to our collection…..

These colourful flatweaves are woven from pieces of recycled textiles, are light and durable, and perfect for throwing down on a wooden or stone floor to add warmth, texture and colour.  Above is a lovely kilim abstractly decorated with tribal motifs including eight-pointed ‘Solomon’s star’ (female fertility) symbols.

Although you may find many similar kilims, no two are exactly alike.  In contrast to the kilim in the first photo, the one above has an orderly vertical zig zag design with contrasting horizontal weaving at each end, and below a traditional lozenge design.  Easy to clean, they are perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and children’s rooms.  All three arriving later this month….we will keep you posted!

 

 

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

 

 

Changing with the Season – Moroccan rugs

Spring is just around the corner.  Believe it or not, meteorological Spring starts this Tuesday, 1st March!  The quality of light is already changing, the down side being that it reveals all the dusty corners you couldn’t see in Winter!  Spring is probably the season when people feel most inspired to change the look of their interiors; saying goodbye to Winter and welcoming in the sunshine and longer days.  Interchangeable accessories are an easy and relatively inexpensive to instantly update the look of your space, and what better way to do this than by changing your rug.  Buying a statement piece rug will instantly change the look and feel of a room, as this will become a focal point to draw the eye.  During the Winter I’ve loved sinking my feet into my thick, soft Beni Ouarain rug next to the sofa, but Spring ushers in the idea of adding something perhaps more simple, adding colour and interest.  You may want to think about changing for a shorter pile rug with splashes of colour such as a quirky Vintage Ourika Valley rug,  a flat weave Vintage Kilim, or a Boucherouite with a riot of colour.  Check out our online collection, but if you don’t see something you like, please get in touch.  We have a huge range of rugs available to us in Marrakech.  We would love to hear from you!  info@marbleandmint.co.uk