If you love unique vintage and mid-century finds, hop over to Vinterior where we’re showcasing an exclusive collection of our vintage Boujaad rugs. These beautiful works of art originate from the Haouz region of Morocco, between the Middle Atlas mountains and the Atlantic ocean. They were traditionally woven using bold colours such as pinks, oranges, purples and reds, which just happen to be perfect for the Autumn season ahead. Boujaad are pile rugs and usually incorporate a number of Berber motifs and lozenges, telling the weaver’s tale of rural life, marriage and spirituality. These pieces are all shipped direct from our Riad showroom in Marrakech, and are not currently available on our website. Each rug is, of course, completely unique, so check them out early….once they’re gone, they’re gone!
New to our website this week is a small collection of mid-century, hand knotted wool rugs from Jebel Siroua, in the southern High Atlas region. This is a quiet corner of Morocco, rarely attracting visitors, where the local Berber people live a simple traditional life, grazing their sheep and farming almonds and saffron, for which the region is famous.
It is extremely cold in this part of the mountains, with snow usually covering the summit of Jebel Siroua in the winter (an ancient strato volcano) which can only be reached with ropes by professional climbers. By Easter the snow melts, and Autumn sees the long, time consuming task of harvesting the saffron. Carpets are woven here in the homes of the Berber tribes, and at any time if you visit you can see the weaving of carpets in production and enjoy a cup of saffron tea!
Check out our collection of rugs from this remote region, which are around 70-80 years old, and all completely unique.
If you’re as much a fan of Moroccan rugs as we are, you will know that they were first introduced to the world of interior design by mid-century modernists such as Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright, who used (now classic) Beni Ouarain carpets in his design of Fallingwater House. So what is mid-century modern? It’s a term which describes architecture and design for a period of roughly three decades, from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. The abstract art of Berber rugs was used by these mid century designers to create a complete contrast to the sleek, modern designs of furniture and buildings of the period.
The mid-century vibe is currently enjoying a bit of a revival, although it never really has gone out of style. Mixing pieces of re-claimed or re-invented pieces of mid-century furniture and accessories can make a contemporary home completely unique. Vintage Moroccan rugs do of course fit perfectly with this aesthetic! Most vintage pieces found were woven from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.
Read more about how to give your home mid-century appeal with Livingetc. (see their Facebook page). We love the etagere by Jonathan Adler for displaying a treasured vinyl collection!