Moroccan wedding blankets, also known as handira, are beautiful sequined blankets handwoven by Berber tribal women. As with other exotic decor, they are enjoying great popularity in Western interiors.
The Moroccan wedding blankets come from the middle Atlas Mountains of northern Morocco, where Berber women make them on a hand loom out of pure sheep's wool. A Moroccan bride's female relatives will weave the wedding blanket in anticipation of a wedding. They take hours or even weeks of dedicated work to put on hundreds of gorgeous mirrored sequins after the weaving is finished. During this joint effort, the bride's female relatives traditionally impart advice and wisdom about marriage and what to expect in the future.
At the conclusion of the wedding ceremony, the bride dons the blanket on her shoulders, wearing it tied around her neck as a cape. It is thought the cape is for her first journey to her new marital home.
The process of hand weaving itself is filled with significance. The Berber women feel that weaving the textile in the right spirt brings blessings on it. When finished, the wedding blanket is a source of warmth and beauty, keeping away evil and offering fertility and good luck for the newly married couple.
It is easy to see why these beautiful wedding blankets are gaining popularity in Western culture. These special blankets are neutral colors, either beige or ivory. Because they are handmade textiles, no two wedding blankets are the same. Each one is a completely unique and original piece of art. They look fabulous as a bed spread, sofa spread, or wall decoration.
Our vintage Moroccan wedding blankets are gently used. They will arrive in good condition and ready to be a stunning display in your residence.
Size: 245 x 160 cm