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The Curtis Casa feature

Whitney Curtis, an interiors and lifestyle blogger, as well as Home Depot's Apron blog contributor, has featured us on her website! Click here to check out the MyCraftWork Curtis Casa feature, and don't forget to leave a comment on her website!

Thank you.

 

Moroccan Berber Rugs

woman-weaving-Moroccan-berber-carpetMoroccan Rugs have become the rug of choice for many interior designers as well as private consumers. They don't have a long history and are most notable for their dynamic colorful modernist designs as well as for their strong sense of geometric structure (and abstract designs). None so far are datable to before the mid nineteenth century, when their production began as an adaptation of central and western Turkish rugs, whose repertoire Moroccan rugs followed closely. Rugs from Morocco are nevertheless distinctive in their bolder coloration, and in the more block-like geometry of their composition. The most famous of all were the rugs that were made by the Beni Ourain tribe in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The Beni Ourain Rugs from Morocco are easily recognizable - they are almost always Ivory background, shaggy pile and abstract geometric patterns. What makes Moroccan carpets so desirable these days is the fact that they are so modernist and simplistic - both in color and design -and are considerably less expensive than most of the other antique or vintage rugs in the market today. The vintage, mid-century rugs from Morocco were never made in large sizes - because they had to move from place to place, the people who wove them had to keep the width to under 7' (about), otherwise the loom would be too large and cumbersome to mount as they move from place to place. These rugs can be also used as transitional pieces by giving a youthful and whimsical feel to any room decor.

The ever-changing interior design trends are in constant demand of a type of rug that can withstand the changes of taste and preference that designers and home owners have. Moroccan carpets and rugs have proven to be just the style of rug that is needed to be versatile enough to be used in various home interior design schemes across the world. With a wide array of colors and styles, it is understandable that these rugs have been some of the most popular on the market for the last century.

Most rugs from Morocco are hand crafted by skilled weavers who have been crafting these masterpieces through the generations. Rug crafting and techniques are often passed down through families and have been used for many years. Moroccan carpets range from the rich and deep color patterns to the very pastel and minimalist.

If you have been looking for the perfect way to accentuate the design of your home, Moroccan carpets are a fabulous choice. They work well in just about any room of the home and are considerably less expensive than most other types of rugs in today's market - making them attainable and appreciated by people from all walks of life.

At MyCraftWork, LLC we work very closely with some of the best rug cooperatives in Morocco. We design and stock rugs of all sorts of styles, from the famous Beni Ourains, to the Glaoui, Kilim and Taznakht styles. Contact us and let us know how we can assist you!

Also, don't forget to visit our beautiful Pinterest board dedicated to these beautiful crafts!

 

 

Moroccan Beni Ourain Rugs

Did you ever come across a unique kind of Moroccan rugs that has a white wool-pile and an antique appearance? Such a rug is the peculiar product of the Beni Ourain Berber tribes who settled in the northeastern side of the Middle Atlas.
With their timeless look and hand woven style, no two are alike. They are organic, dramatic and elegant, and can complement just about any decor. The wool is hand spun and usually undyed, and apart from being washed the wool is just as it was when it came off the sheep's back!
Originally these thick and heavy carpets were used as protection from the cold as floor and sleeping rugs. Today however, they have found a place in many homes as contemporary designers use them to add that lacking eclectic and chic touch to their modern furnishings and interiors.

Who Are the Beni Ourains

To speak of the history of the Beni Ourain in brief one would need to state that the family is an amalgamation of seventeen different tribes. It is speculated that the ancestors to these tribes had settled in the northeastern parts of the Middle Atlas during the 9th century AD. A considerable guesswork goes on as far as tracing their origin is concerned. Some say they come from southern Tunisia, while others think they migrated from present day Mauritania. Their Berber dialects are very diverse and owing to their voluntary retreat into remote mountain regions, the Beni Ouarain tribes were not subject to urban Arab influences until well into the 20th century.

How it All Began

The tradition of pile weaving is very old amongst the Berber tribes of Moroccan mountains. These highland tribes didn’t use their rugs to cover their floors, but they rather used them for bedding purposes. As a result, the rugs have a loose structure and can be wrapped easily around the body offering absolute protection from the bone shivering winter cold. Even until very recently, one of the tribes, the Bou Zart had been weaving the bnchgra, which is a type of loop-pile, often referred to as the ancestor of the pile-woven rugs. If one takes a close look at the Beni Ourain flat woven textiles, the resemblance to the Tunisian textiles is not hard to make out, which pushes one conclude that there must have a been a common source to these weaving styles.

The Characteristics of a Beni Ourain Rug

A typical Beni Ourain Moroccan carpet would have a network of diamonds or squares, made of thin black lines upon a white creamy background. While this is the typical signature of the Beni Ourain style, it is undoubted that borders and secondary guard design elements are purely the result of outer influences over the ages.
Even at this point of the twenty-first century, the Beni Ourain family is still free from any kind of urban Arab influences. These tribes have a tremendous sense of cultural pride and have a lot of appreciation for their place in the heart of the Atlas mountains. As a result, the process of weaving the Beni Ourain rugs hasn’t changed throughout the centuries, and today they are still used as blankets for those cold winter nights.

Please click here to check out some beautiful rooms with the Beni Ourain based decor.

 

 

Moroccan Design Video

A lot of people emailed us to ask if we could publish a video outlining the making of our Moroccan crafts. Well, your wish is fulfilled! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Luxury Moroccan Design. Please spread around, and leave comments!

Thanks!

 

 

Moroccan Interior Design

There are several influencing factors that help develop the Moroccan décor theme. First and foremost, you must realize that true Moroccan interior design places a significant amount of attention on texture. The level of flexibility in this area is quite high, as you can focus on adding texture to the walls, contrasting fabric and furniture, and any number of other areas in your space. The flexibility of Moroccan design will astound you and you’ll truly find that adding that touch of Morocco is much easier than it may appear at first.

Another helpful tip as you embark on your decorating journey is to take some time and develop an understanding of the historical perspective of Moroccan interior design. Traditional Moroccan homes contain rooms with stucco walls or ceramic tiles covering the various furniture accents throughout the room. In addition, a variety of intricatly hand embroidered fabrics are used throughout.

Moroccan_Ceiling Richly colored fabrics of various textures are often draped across the various Moroccan furniture pieces, used to separate one area of a room from another. The Moroccan designer will often create a flow with the various floor covering fabrics unique to this decorating style. Traditional woven rugs with a variety of patterns and colors are also common to traditional Moroccan design. You can choose from gauze-like fabrics, those with a silky texture or a number of exquisite tapestries that can be used in an assortment of ways throughout the room.

Ceramic and mosaic tiles also play a crucial role in the scheme of your design. In traditional Moroccan homes these items can be found all over the residence.

 

 

 

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If one’s focus is on conventional Moroccan interior design, one would fill the room with patterns and colors in such a fashion that a natural balance is reached. The room could contain a mixture of tiles of different shapes and sizes that might cover accent pieces, framed doorways or even windows. You can actually be as creative as you would like and place these particular accessories anywhere in the room.

To sum up, Moroccan interior design is very flexible, which is one main reason why this particular decor style is so popular. Its inherent level of freedom will enable you to create a room that is sure to reveal your unique personality and make your guests feel truly welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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