The Brief History of Moroccan Rugs

Moroccan Rugs

Moroccan Amazigh rugs are well-known throughout the world for their unique elegance and friendly appearance, and they are getting even more popular as nowadays most famous designers add them to their designs and even design their own. These rugs are warm and inviting, with an enticing charm that makes them a timeless addition to any home or living space as they last a lifetime.

Moroccan rugs, on the other hand, have a backstory that is not very known, and it plays an important role in recognizing the value of these rugs. It was not like somebody, randomly one day thought of starting a rug business, and it quickly grew to be a huge success.



Moroccan rugs were traditionally made by the Amazigh tribes to satisfy the needs of Morocco's changing and hard climatic conditions. These tribes used to pass through Morocco's Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert, and tropical forests. They began weaving special rugs known as Amazigh rugs to cope with the unusual climatic conditions. Local women of these tribes were the ones who wave them, and they have added all their creative, meaningful stories to them and tried to keep them alive.

These Amazigh women used to make rugs for domestic use, which means that the point was to make rugs for the family to use and not to sell them and not even for decorative purposes. Yet it was the only way these women had to express their thoughts and feelings. Therefore, each family had a more specific style of rugs, that they might be known for in the tribe. They also have a tradition where they keep the one rug that is old a special, as a heritage to symbolize their pride of their own creations.



Following that, these rugs gain popularity among other tribes. They were then used as a means of handing down the various signs used by a tribe from generation to the next generation. This is why there are so many different patterns, designs and color palettes on Moroccan Amazigh  rugs. Some people can distinguish which rug comes from which tribe just by its design.

Craftspeople started adding variation in the design patterns and color palettes of these rugs as they became more popular and on a high demand. Owing to the lack of machinery in ancient times, all these rugs were produced by hand from harvesting the wool, the making process that takes up to months, dying the wool with natural colors, up to the final product. Even in today's world, those tribes still make the rugs in their traditional way with no machinery.



The rich were compelled to buy more and more Amazigh rugs because of their soft and warm feel. Moroccan rugs trade became a significant occupation in Morocco as a result of this.

Amazigh kilim rugs, Beni Ourain rugs, boucherouite rugs, Mrirt rugs, and a number of other rugs could be seen beautifully decorated in Moroccan Medinas after that. Each region has a special rug design and specific criteria that they embrace till today. 



Different possible items were used for designing these classic rugs, from goatskin to sheep wool, depending on the use and the need. Yet these rugs became popular all over the world with their own very specific style, materials, designs, colors... Nothing has changed about the real Moroccan rugs that you have in your hands today coming from Paleolithic Era.  

Finally, due to their elegance and immense beauty, these rugs have gained worldwide popularity and can be used in a variety of settings, both at home and at the office and This was a brief history of these outstanding Moroccan Amazigh rugs.