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How do you clean a Berber rug?

A Berber carpet is a carpet … of character! Yes, between its particular patterns and its handcrafted manufacture, the Berber carpet is an object of decoration which has a history and brings a touch of exoticism to its interior. To choose yours, we tell you all about its origins and its maintenance.


Spontaneously, we would like to answer: “it is a carpet of any beauty”! But you may have already noticed it… And if we tell you that it comes to us from the Berbers, you can imagine!

So let’s go for more revelations: the Berber carpet finds its origins in North Africa and more particularly in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. For centuries (yes, it would go back to the Paleolithic era), it is traditionally made by women, on looms. Each piece is therefore unique, a true work of art and know-how.

Before, it was placed on the ground or used as a blanket in tents, to bring a little warmth in the evening, when temperatures became very cold! Now, as a real decorative object, it also decorates our cozy interiors.

Why is its manufacture in the hands of women? Because in the past, the Berber carpet was part of the wedding dowry. It was therefore a gift, a carpet with a story. Today, it continues to be part of the trousseaux but not only! Its art is taught in schools. Its production has become a little more “industrialized” to become a source of income. This is why it is more easily available for sale. But be careful, to be authentic, a Berber carpet must always be handmade.


Its patterns! They are what make the success of Berber carpet in decoration. To reveal everything, they evoke religious symbols or beliefs, represent emblems of different tribes, carry messages of Berber culture or even tell the life of the young woman who designed it! They are transmitted from generation to generation, from mother to daughter and its manufacture respects a whole ritual. A bit like a heritage… Another reason to find it precious! If we had to summarize the forms, we could speak about zigzags, crosses, chevrons, checkerboards, arrows, rhombuses, triangles… the whole imaging waves, butterflies, snakes, beetles or scorpions, plants, Fatma’s hand, the protective eye… A real “progr-âme”!

Traditionally, the Berber carpet is made of sheep wool. The latter is knotted, woven and / or embroidered according to the desired result, then dyed with natural pigments. The most widespread Berber carpets are :

The Beni Ouarain carpet: black or brown patterns (often lines, rhombuses, triangles) on an unbleached background. The wool is quite thick and can reach up to 3cm!
Azilal carpets: the wool is shorter and the patterns are more colorful.
The Kilim carpet: woven and/or embroidered (but never knotted!), it is lighter and more rigid.
The Boucherouite rug: a more humble version of the Berber rugs. Made from recycled fabrics, they offer a very attractive pop or art deco style!

Afterwards, nothing prevents you from falling for a “Berber style” or “Berber spirit” carpet. More affordable in terms of price, it will respect the graphic codes and the softness but not necessarily the material, nor the handcrafted manufacture. One thinks in particular of the versions in cotton or synthetic textile fibers of the polypropylene type. Nec plus ultra of resistance, the latter also have the advantage of being anti-dust mite and anti-allergenic!

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