Moroccan Wool Rugs Differ Hugely By Region and Tribe As Much As Persian Rugs

November 5, 2007

Tribal weaving is one of Morocco’s oldest traditions, and grew from the skills of Morocco’s first Berber settlers who moved into the mountains and plains before the arrival of the Phoenicians and Romans. This was before the Arabs brought Islam to the ‘Magrheb’ or far West. Berber and Arab tribes still undertake most domestic rural weaving.

Moroccan tribal rugs differ hugely by region and tribe. They can be colorful with fine geometric patterns – large, long, soft hanbel and kilim ; or bold, featuring old symbols and abstract motifs; or elegant and refined in delicate hues like the fine rugs from the warmer parts of southern Morocco.

Authentic rural wool rugs were, and still are, made for personal domestic use, to be used as bedding as well as floor coverings, made by women for their own families. In the cold mountains they were woven with a long pile and flexible weave, in warmer areas they feature a finer weave and shorter pile.

The best tribal rugs are individual and draw on the weaver’s own experiences, weaving traditions and life. Irregularities are common and unmatched patterns were often created on purpose. Color, originality, primitive symbols and a sumptuous earthy aura mark out moroccan tribal rugs from other weavings from around the world. Because old tribal pieces are becoming rarer, co-operatives have sprung up to supply the market with copies of old designs. Due to a recent revival of interest in Berber rugs reproductions now abound. On the whole we feel that although often of a nice quality, these cannot replicate the creativity and originality of an old tribal piece – woven for use by its owner, and created in isolation from external influences.

You may see a few pieces featuring sequins or ‘mouzouns’. Sequins were valued for their quality to reflect the glow of fire by night and bright sunlight by day and are often to be found on celebration or dowry pieces. Given the fragility of these items, it is rare for very old sequins to survive in a good state.

Old bags are desirable as their small size encouraged fine weaving and intricate detail.

Color is important in moroccan tribal weaving and certain tribes favour certain colors. Natural dyes are usually only found in items over 70-80 years old – almond leaves, cochineal, indigo, iron sulphate and cow urine were all used. Both synthetic and natural dyes fade – with older rugs you can be sure that most of the fading has already occurred. Properly used, synthetic dyes can produce just as wonderful results as poorly used natural pigments.

Tribal weaving was almost always undertaken by women, although male master weavers were active in certain tribes.

Textiles were valuable family items, many woven as wedding pieces. In poorer families they were looked after carefully as precious possessions. A good weaving served as a source of pride and brought respect to the weaver. We seek out personal, authentic moroccan tribal weavings.

WHATS IN A NAME?
There are many different types of moroccan tribal rugs – many of which we may simply refer to as a rug or a throw:

RUG OR CARPET
What moroccans would refer to as a carpet is typically a pile rug – with the longer pile threads forming the face of the carpet. They can be extremely thick and heavy, although soft (particularly in the mountains), or can be firm and feature a shorter pile or tuft. A whole range of colors and weaving techniques were used to create an amazing range of tribal rugs and often they feature some of the most simple and graphic designs.

HANBEL/HAMBEL
Hanbel is usually used to refer to softer and larger blanket-type weavings. These can measure up to 4m and were used on the tent floor on top of basic flooring, as bedding and resting, or as tent dividers. In Morocco the word hanbel may also be used to describe what we would call a kilim.

KILIM
Kilim is a word that actually refers to the way something is made -the weaving technique. Tapestry weave and flatweave are the closest terms to kilim we have. A kilim is always a weft faced fabric (with the threads forming the underside). Tribes used kilims as rugs to seat guests, tent and cottage hangings, covers on the bedding and luggage piles and on loaded mules. Kilim weaving also has been used for clothing, tent cushions and saddle-bags. Very intricate geometric patterns can be found in Moroccan kilims.

TAMIZART/HANDIRA
These are Moroccan shawls – woven for warmth and also for special occasions. They can be used as throws, wall hangings or light-use rugs. Beautiful white/cream women’s handiras were usually woven for special events, such as weddings or as a gift, and are often decorated with small metal sequins. They are woven in natural un-dyed wool and cotton, with the cotton threads left long on the underside in horizontal sections throughout the shawl. Men’s shawls may be woven in darker colors, and sometimes in un-dyed wool from black sheep.

BERBER WEAVING
The language of Berber weaving is some of the most complex in the world of textiles. Often when a woman wove a rug it wasn’t just for her nor only for daily use. It also served as a means of communication of sorts to be ‘read’ by her family and neighbors. Well woven rugs occupied a place in village life, and were brought out for special occasions, weddings, fetes and fairs.

Although it is too easy to elevate the symbols and motifs in Moroccan tribal weaving to some falsely mystic level, weavings did give messages and contain important signals, thoughts and ideas. Communication in weaving can be diverse and wide ranging. It can vary from the symbols seen in tightly woven, balanced geometric kilims through to figurative motifs that appear to tell a story to the seemingly abstract asymmetric designs to be found in loose and pliable long-pile rugs. More often than not symbols make reference to the natural world, to fertility, birth and femininity, to rural life and to nature as well as to spirituality and beliefs. Many weavers believed that rugs had powers to ward off evil and used motifs to keep away spirits.
Justmorocco.com is a direct importer of moroccan rugs & kilims from atlass berber tribes.

For more informations please visit this link at http://www.justmorocco.com/cat-moroccanrugs.cfm we add new arrivals items each month.

Moroccan Furniture In the Souk of the Web

November 5, 2007
Ethnographic Moroccan armoires from handpainted to carved cedar . Eclectic moorish style armoires made with quality in mind that is used in the finest homes creating a mystical effect, check out justmorocco.com to view more of armoires that have been added weekly. We have a selection from classic carved pieces of moroccan bedding & furniture cabinets to amazing hand painted pieces of colorful oriental armoires & cabinets as well as old world ethnic ones. Welcome to our fine collection of many different styles of middle eastern wooden armoires & unique pieces of furniture

Moroccan armoires are quality items of furniture that look great and provide useful storage for things you don’t want on permanent display, from home entertainment systems to computer equipment. An armoire is ideal for maintaining a tidy appearance in your home, and as they come is all kinds of styles, sizes and finishes you’re sure to find one that blends in perfectly with your existing furniture and décor.

A TV armoire can have an impressive impact on the look and feel of a family room, allowing you to simply shut the doors to conceal your television, DVD player and other home entertainment accessories. Many people feel that their assortment of electrical gadgets dominates the room and is an unsightly focal point, in which case an armoire is the perfect solution. With wraparound doors that sit flush with the sides, armoires don’t obstruct viewing, but do enable you to discreetly disguise your media equipment when it’s not in use.

Wardrobe armoires are another version of this clever design and come with a combination of storage options such as clothing rails, shelves and drawers. They are great for extra closet space or in a child’s room for storing toys and general clutter. A jewelry armoire is a miniature interpretation of the armoire design and is a well laid out place for keeping all types of jewelry safe and organized.

If your home is in need of a makeover, then a moroccan armoire can both add a touch of class to your home’s image and provide somewhere to hide your clutter! Feel free to visit us at www.justmorocco.com to view more selection that might impress your taste.

ustmorocco.com  is a Moroccan furniture imports that has both showrooms & warehouse in Clearwater, Florida. We are a moroccan furniture retailer & wholesaler. We do import eclectic moroccan bedding furniture & home decor. We do custom made architectural pieces as well as furniture.Feel free to visit us at www.justmorocco.com to view more selection that might impress your taste

Moroccan Wall & Floor Tiles Are Predominantely Used In the Kitchen and Bathroom

November 5, 2007

The irregularities in shape, texture, and color that come from hand-finishing are typical of moroccan-moorish floor and tile walls. Wall tiles are predominantely used in the kitchen and bathroom, as they provide a hygienic surface that is both waterproof and easy to clean, and offer smoother finish to counteract the rough natural surfaces. Today neither of these rooms has a purely utilitarian function. The kitchen has become the warm heart of the home while the bathroom has become a private sanctuary that is inviting and pleasant to enter See samples.

The masters artisans “maalmeen” in old cities in Morocco are still using old techniques cutting zellij “mosaic tile”, the same techniques used centuries ago. Nowadays we still can see some unbelievable zellij “tile” work in Alhamabra palace and in the whole Andalusia province – Spain. Moorish moved for a peaceful life in north of Morocco and carried with them the entire culture which is now a moroccan way of life.

Justmorocco brings to its online customers the best of these historic products, they’ve been adding Moroccan home décor mosaic tile tables top, tile sinks, mural & floor tiles . If you are looking for a mosaic table and you don’t have a clue which mosaic tile top will suit or fit in…or match colors of your walls….here is some tips. If you are looking for a mosaic table and you don’t see the colors and the patterns you want, then custom make your own with your own designs and colors. These home décor pieces come in different shapes. Justmorocco.com is an importer of moroccan & moorish tiles.

– Round dining table

– Rectangular coffee table

– Bar tables

– Sinks

All these tables come in different sizes and they come with wrought iron bases

Historically, man has desired to create living spaces which were beautiful, durable, and user friendly. with that in mind,ceramic tile has been made by man for 4000 years.beautiful tiled surfaces have been found in the oldest pyramids, the ruins of babylon, and ancient ruins of greek cities. Decorative tilework was invented in the near east, where it has enjoyed a longer popularity and assumed a greater variety of design than anywhere in the world. during the islamic period, all methods

of tile decoration were brought to perfection in persia. in europe decorated tiles did not come into general use outside moorish spain until the second half of the 12th century. the tile mosaics of spain and Portugal

Stunning geometric designs of mosaic tiles called zillige adorn floors and walls of Moroccan courtyards, houses and fountains, and create a decorative surface like no other. The motifs used in thehand cut tile are complex and abstract, and use traditional patterns which usually involve geometrical interlacing radiating from a central star. The techniques of the craftsmen are ancient, passed down and perfected from generation to generation.

Justmorocco.com is an importer of moroccan & moorish tiles. Please visit us at www.justmorocco.com/cat_floor.cfm to view samples of tiles we sell. We do also import mosaic tile table top and tile fountains.

Moroccan armoires are quality items of furniture that look great and provide useful storage

November 5, 2007

At justmorocco.com, we’re devoted to the idea that your home can be and endless source of inspiration. We believe that decorating with moroccan moroccan style should be easy and fun, and a large part of our mission to clarify and make easy plan for moroccan interior decorating & moroccan bedding theme. We hand pick and design our selection of moroccan furniture & home decor accessories, like bedroom furnishings, armoires and tables…we do work on every space that you would like us to do, we are inventive, work on different spaces, achieve ideas with our clients work within any budget….We work directly with master artisans that create unique pieces and most of the times a one-of-kind items. Our selection of moroccan furniture & home décor is endless, it is a variety of mediterranean moroccan moorish style to african ethnic style, you will never get bored over it….it is an exciting home décor task.
So what is it about our homes that we love? Normally, they fulfill our most basic desire for warmth, shelter, and secrity. They also refect ou truest feelings about what’s important to us. The living room is a place to work, relax and play. It’ also the room where friends and family come together, a living room can be place of refuge at the heart of your home. Moroccan home decor allure, charm, grace, seductiveness should be enough adjectives to describe the coastal style of countries occupying the northern & southern side of the Mediterranean Sea where this decorating style originates. Moorish influence, the demands of it’s climate, available materials and maturity over time have set the tone for this design and decoration that has spread outward from the region. With bright colors you could get easily with a Moroccan-themed room.

Also we can go african Moroccan armoires from handpainted to carved cedar . Eclectic moorish style armoires made with quality in mind that is used in the finest homes creating a mystical effect, check out justmorocco.com to view more of furniture pieces that have been added weekly. We have a selection from classic carved pieces of moroccan bedding & furniture cabinets to amazing hand painted pieces of colorful oriental armoires & cabinets as well as old world ethnic ones.
We welcome you to our fine collection of many different styles of middle eastern wooden armoires & unique pieces of furniture, as
moroccan armoires are quality items of furniture that look great and provide useful storage for things you don’t want on permanent display, from home entertainment systems to computer equipment. An armoire is ideal for maintaining a tidy appearance in your home, and as they come is all kinds of styles, sizes and finishes you’re sure to find one that blends in perfectly with your existing furniture and décor.

A TV armoire can have an impressive impact on the look and feel of a family room, allowing you to simply shut the doors to conceal your television, DVD player and other home entertainment accessories. Many people feel that their assortment of electrical gadgets dominates the room and is an unsightly focal point, in which case an armoire is the perfect solution. With wraparound doors that sit flush with the sides, armoires don’t obstruct viewing, but do enable you to discreetly disguise your media equipment when it’s not in use.
 
Wardrobe armoires are another version of this clever design and come with a combination of storage options such as clothing rails, shelves and drawers. They are great for extra closet space or in a child’s room for storing toys and general clutter. A jewelry armoire is a miniature interpretation of the armoire design and is a well laid out place for keeping all types of jewelry safe and organized.
If your home is in need of a makeover, then a moroccan armoire can both add a touch of class to your home’s image and provide somewhere to hide your clutter! .

justmorocco.com  is a Moroccan furniture imports that has both showrooms & warehouse in Clearwater, Florida. We are a moroccan furniture retailer & wholesaler. We do import eclectic moroccan bedding furniture & home decor. We do custom made architectural pieces as well as furniture.Feel free to visit us at www.justmorocco.com to view more selection that might impress your taste

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