Top 10 Moroccan Handmade Rugs

Moroccan Handmade Rugs do not resemble Porcelain Area Rugs or even Turkish Area Rugs in thickness, weaving technique, and even design patterns. They are a cause of significant variations in the rug community. Different Berber tribes manufacture various types of rugs. Each tribe became a source of origin of different qualities.

1. M’rirt Moroccan Rugs – Middle Atlas

One kind of Berber rugs are made in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco called the M’rirt rugs. M’rirt rugs are traditionally used as bedding which keeps warm in the cold winter months. They are knitted with the hands with intrinsic natural wool. People, mostly women, express the stories of their lives. They express such stories using the simple language of Berber patterns. The Berber women mention every flavor and stage of life, including fertility, birth, nature, and spirituality in such a beautiful way that it makes it a true oriental delight. These rugs are durable and are an essential item for a bright studio in the city or cottage located in the countryside. The wool used in M’rirt rugs is soft, soothing to the eye, and comforting. This item will definitely add warmth to your home set-up.

2. Beni Mguild Moroccan Rugs

Due to Beni Mguild Moroccan Rugs, another aspect is added to the Moroccan rugs. These rugs differ from other types as they are thickly piled and lusher. The vertical knots on the loom give Beni Mguild Moroccan Rugs a bright color. These rugs are woven on a vertical loom. Their color theme consists of hues of reds, purples, browns, and blues. Beni Mguild rugs are perfect in both winters as well as in summers. Such rugs have thick pile height which makes them look warmer and softer. On the other hand, one can flip the rug to bring the flat side up to use it in summers. The colors typically used in Beni Mguild Rugs are deep shades of blue, purple, brown, and red. It is also adaptable to seasonal changes.

3. Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug – Middle Atlas

Beni Ourain rugs include 17 different Berber tribes called Beni Ourain. The Middle Atlas Mountains have such rugs. The wool of a special breed of sheep of the Beni Ourain region is used to manufacture these rugs. Designs for these rugs consist of diamond-shaped black and white colour patterns along with the straight or zig-zag geometric designs. The base of the carpet remains in a natural tone, either cream or white. Beni Ourain consists of many symbols including Talisman symbols, an abstract geometric design, or any symbol associated with the Berber tribe as any other Moroccan Rug. The wool used in the making of these rugs makes them quite soft and fluffy to feel. However, they are available in various US sizes, whereas originally, they did not exceed 7 ft width sizes.

4. Taznakht Moroccan Rugs – High Atlas 

The High Atlas region between Ouarzazate and Taznakht make Taznakht rugs which are also called AitOuaouzguite rugs. The carpets prove themselves perfect in summer as well as in winters. The rugs can be placed on the floor or against the wall. This item brings warmth and a decent Maghreb presence to the home set-up. Sheep wool used in such rugs is soft to touch. The rug is handmade and uses natural colours such as menthol, henna and saffron, reminding us of the Sahara Desert and can accentuate an element. A Taznakht rug having bright colours can decorate any interior, from minimalistic to bohemian.

5. Azilal Moroccan Rugs – High Atlas

Azilal rugs express different stories by using bold colours and patterns, intricate patterns and symbols. Such rugs are originated from high Atlas Mountains, and are sought-after creations are single-knotted, and woven in wool. The base of an Azilal rug is mostly composed of the light shade of cream or white that is the natural colour of the wool used and then woven with brightly tinted wool coloured by the regional flora.

6. Boujaad Moroccan Rug – Central Plains

These rugs are handwoven and are made in central plains of the Haouz region. Boujad Moroccan Rugs are quite delicate as they use natural dyes like flowers, leaves, henna, and berries and are placed in areas with less foot traffic. The pile height is different for every rug; sometimes, it is flat weave or high piled. The design of the story all depends on the weaver. The knotting technique of Baujaad Moroccan Rug resembles that of others. But to give a fine, neat look, the knots are kept tight, creating visible and clearer geometric patterns. Based on these reasons, less wool is used in its manufacturing. Old Boujaad rugs would not be as bright as the new ones, as they will lose their colour with time and they will then have more pastel hue to them.

7. Hanbal Moroccan Rugs

The word Hanbal refers to the weaving method. The middle Atlas mountain of Morocco in the region is rich in Textile and produces many different types of rugs like Beni, Merit, Azrou, Khenifra and others. The Hanbal rugs are made from the finest wool and cotton, and they also use silk extracted from cactus. These can measure up to 12 feet. It is usually given as a gift to the newly married as these can be used as bedding and relaxing, and even to decorate a tent. Hanben, also known as Hanbel are hand-woven rugs lighter, softer, a larger blanket type rug and less thick than the traditional ones.

8. Rahmani Moroccan Rugs

It is hand crafted, beautifully faded, a wool base with cotton threads forming a fluffy ivory design. This is a very unique, special area rug that features a plush design with a flat background. Usually, each piece of Rahmani RUGS is considered as one-of-a-kind rug, very unique and special, each one tells a different story based on real circumstances of the berber woman life. What makes Rahmani rug as special as it is, it’s not only woven for the daily use as a decor, but it is more like a letter transferring a message that should be read by other families. Actually, the artistic weaving designs and the particular choice of colors is of a huge honor to all great occasions and will occupy a central position whatever your home style is, this rug will give it a unique feel.

9. Kilim Moroccan Rugs

Kilim rugs are a startling contrast, and can be found adorning the tents of Berber tribes in the desert. The rugs are completely pileless and flatwoven, making them lightweight and more easily transportable. These thinner rugs lend themselves to hotter climes, and can be used to create a carpet that fills an entire room’s floor space. The design for this rug is mostly abstract geometric patterns and diamond-like asymmetrical designs. However, symbolism stays intact throughout. Not to mention, the designs and symbols used is what makes them distinctive and different from the Turkish Kilim rugs. Besides, they are best for the summer season because of the thin pile. Also, it is best to hang them on walls as a tapestry.

10. Boucherouite Moroccan Rug

The most unique and interesting type of Moroccan Rug is Boucherouite Rugs. The difference these rugs carry is quite evident because of the material used. These rugs use the scraps of fabric. The basic purpose for them was to attain warmth in cold places having no wool or where people could not afford it. The designs for this rug do not follow any specific pattern. They may be symmetrical or geometric, depending on the person making it. Boucherouite Moroccan Rugs bring texture and comfort with them, and their soft feel makes them cozier. Originally, the color combination varies for these rugs. Women made use of any fiber and freestyled with the designs, and created a new pattern every time. However, now these rugs come in pre-selected color combinations. They are usually quite vibrant, colorful, and are best to make a bold statement.