Autumn ’17 will hopefully see me returning to Morocco for a visit to one of two workshops in the Atlas Mountains. This is located in Azrou (a gruelling 6 hours drive from Marrakech) a town around 90 kilometres south of Fez in Ifrane. The cedar forests and monkeys are what draw visitors to the town, but it is also home to an important Berber market and the origin of Beni Mguild carpets, colourful rugs woven with a thick pile to protect against the cold winters of the region. Here we have 150 women working their magic, using traditional weaving techniques to create modern pieces on vertical looms. This is where our pile rugs are woven and a carpet with the dimensions of approximately 3 x 2 metres can take around 25 days to weave. Our second workshop is in the High Atlas region, where we have 50 women working, and is where our modern Berber kilims are woven. This weaving technique is more complicated and the same size wool kilim can take 50 days to complete. Finished pieces then make their way down to our Riad showroom, Bazar du Sud, in Marrakech Medina. Showroom visits are always available by appointment. Contact us here in the UK on 07746 727536 or in Morocco on 00212 661245401 and speak to El Yazid Lamdaghri.
We have samples of our modern Berber kilims here in the UK, and if you’re unsure of any colour or design, we can send these out on loan. We are also happy to provide a consultation service in your own home. All of our modern Berber rugs and kilims can, of course, be made to your own size specification; although we do have a stock of ready made pieces in various designs and colourways in our Marrakech showroom. The image below shows a blue kilim on the wall on the left, which is a beautiful example of modern Berber weaving. Please get in touch if you would like to see any samples, images, or require any information on sizes and prices. firstname.lastname@example.org.