Why Moroccan Rugs are Pricey?

Moroccan Rugs

Why Do Moroccan Rugs Cost So Much? Many people wonder why Moroccans are so costly. Generally speaking, why do some things cost more than others? How will I know if it is worth the money? How can you figure out how much a Moroccan rug is actually worth?


There are so many different responses to these questions. The factors to consider when deciding the value and quality of a Moroccan rug are mentioned below. There are several other considerations to consider when deciding the quality of a rug's construction, including knot form and size.




Production Time

Moroccan Amazigh rugs are produced entirely by hand, ensuring that wool yarns are woven into the rug's structure rather than simply tufted. All was done without the use of machinery, from sourcing supplies to weaving each Moroccan rug. The result is that time passes. Weaving a rug takes time and money. Others will take months, and others will take years. It is determined by the amount of time spent weaving per day, the size of the rug, and the materials used. The higher the quality of the materials, the longer it will take.





  Knot density is one of the most common factors that determine the worth of a Moroccan Amazigh rug. The number of knots per square inch is referred to as this. The quality of a Moroccan rug is directly proportional to the number of knots per unit area; those with a higher knot count took longer to create and are thus more expensive.




Natural Materials

Wool and cotton are the most popular materials used to make Moroccan rugs. It's important to realize that not all wool is created equal. The grade of the wool used and the way it is spun until it is woven make major variations that can be seen and felt. Rugs made in Morocco use wool from the High Atlas Mountains. Higher elevation areas prefer to raise sheep with more expensive coats, which leads to a more luxurious rug with longer pile length. The method of spinning wool is still performed with a hand spindle in many traditional tribal cultures. Hand spinning wool produces a softer and more natural-looking pile. It takes approximately up to  10 hours of spinning to complete one hour of weaving using this process.




Natural Dyes

Natural dyes are more difficult to produce and require more specialist expertise than synthetic dyes when dyeing wool in Morocco. Natural dyes are often derived from plants such as Papaver rhoeas or red poppy for the red hue, Indigofera tinctoria SP for the blue tint, Lawsonia inermis L. for the orange dye, or Mentha for the green dye. The additional effort, experience, and uniqueness of these experts adds to the value of a naturally dyed wool rug.




The Worth of Art

Moroccan rugs are much more than just an ordinary rug. It becomes an extension of the designer's and weaver's personalities. “Each Moroccan rug has a unique story,” "no two are the same", as with any art form, the rarer the better. Amazigh designs became so popular around the world for their beauty and sophistication. 





An investment in a Moroccan hand-woven rug can be considered worthwhile. Machine-made rugs lose their value over time; however, if you buy a Moroccan rug and use it in your home for many years, it will retain its value provided that it is not worn out or damaged; it will, in any case, maintain its value. When a Moroccan rug reaches the age of 20 to 99 years, it is classified as Vintage. When a rug reaches a value of 100 or more, it is considered a collectible rug.