The history of mankind goes back many thousands of years. For thousands of years, people have roamed many corners of the earth. During this time, they've developed many ways of coping with the changing weather. One such way is with the use of interior rugs.
This is particularly true of the Moroccan Berber rug. Morocco is a country in north Africa with a history stretching back thousands of years. Since nearly the beginning of time in this area, those who have made their home in Morocco have faced a harsh climate. From cold winds to the unending heat, this area challenges humanity. For people in Morocco, this has meant working with the items and materials they have on hand such as their sheep and the wool they produce. This part of the world is a great place to grow magnificent wool and the sheep from this region produce some of the finest wool in the entire world.
The Regional Sheep
The Atlas Mountains of Morocco are where the history of Berber rugs begins. These mountains are home to a much respected people, The Berber Tribes people. The Berber Tribes have not only survived but thrived. Part of their skill lies in knowing how to use wool. The wool their sheep grow is wool that is incredibly soft. Many years ago, people in the area realized they could use this wool and turn it into Beni Ourain rugs. The wool the sheep produce here comes from the area's dry climate. The sheep create superior wool that leads to rugs of intense and surreal beauty. As humans have cultivated the sheep that live in the area, they have learned the possibilities inherent in the wool the sheep produce for them all year long. Each sheep is part of a large herd that the area tribesmen guard with great care.
From Wool to Rug
In guarding the sheep, the tribesmen become familiar with the wool they produced. They have learned that such wool can be used to create Berber rugs that are incredibly versatile. The wool from such rugs is not merely a thin layer. Instead, it's a rough, thick and durable material. At the same time, the wool used to create Beni Ourain rugs is also remarkably pleasing to the touch. They have learned just how to carefully tease out the best qualities in the rugs they hand-weave with great passion. Over time, they've also learned precisely how to take this raw material and use it to create rugs of remarkable visual power. In doing so, they have shown how it is possible to take raw material and transform it into something both valuable and entirely unique. Each Moroccan Berber rug is made by those who draw on a long history of excellence in rug making.
As people came to visit Morocco in person, they were quickly given the opportunity to see these rugs in person. Word quickly spread about the rugs that the tribesmen were crafting in this area. Visitors saw a product that they could admire and appreciate. They also saw a product that was made by those who cared a great deal about producing wonderfully quality work. When given a chance to see how much work went into each piece, they realized just how much craft was involved in turning the wool into a fine rug. Those who admired the rugs often left with a rug in a hand that made the perfect thing to put in their living room. The same is true today. Just as people have done for centuries, it is still possible today to these marvelous rugs right home today.