Moroccan Shag Rug

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The history of the Moroccan shag rug is complex and is spread over a vast span of years.

The history of weaving

Morocco is characterized by a diverse climate. The climate varies from the dry Sahara plains to the snowy mountains of the Atlas. The nomadic Berber population’s beautiful artistry is deeply inspired by this beautiful landscape.

The style and techniques of weaving have differed among the tribes residing in the area. However, the West has immensely followed the technique of thick pile weaving of the Beni Ourain people in making their beautiful shag rug pieces. In addition, this technique was not only used to make carpets but also used in the manufacturing of mattresses, blankets, and seating. Not only were these pieces used as a utility, but were also considered great art pieces. The stories and lives of the people were depicted in these rugs by inserting different symbols, patterns, and colors.

In the 1930s, the Moroccan rugs started gaining great popularity in the West. The designers and art lovers were touched by the beautiful geometric patterns and lush piles which were in contradiction to the much popular minimalistic interior design.

Frank Lloyd Wright was among the vast Moroccan rug lovers who visited the region multiple times to lay their hands on the colorful pieces.

Color Symbology

Although the traditional art of the Beni Ourain people was characterized by neutral colors, some other tribes opted for more vibrant shades. The colors also represent different ideas and events of the weaver’s life.

  • Red: victory, survival, safety and strength
  • Blue: maturity, intelligence, wisdom
  • Yellow: circle of life, eternity, spirituality
  • Green: prosperity, serenity, security, peace

Reason for our love for these Moroccan carpets

The shag rugs come with an appealing texture. Adorned with eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing geometric patterns, the rug looks gorgeous. Their simplicity is a treat to the eyes and adds to the rug’s complexity.

You get both a modest and a nice chic vibe from these beautiful rugs. This gorgeous thick pile (the Moroccan rug) is super comfy with a hint of natural hues that depict simplicity, mindfulness, and harmony.

These characteristics make it a perfect fit for any area or surrounding area. It’s a great way to add warmth and coziness to your living space.

By investing in a beautiful Moroccan piece, you will surely add character, warmth, and intimacy to your home, no matter if it is the bedroom, office, library, or sitting area.  

Tips and tricks on caring and maintaining your Moroccan rug piece

When purchasing a traditional Moroccan rug, it is important to bear in mind that cleaning and maintenance will not be an easy task.  Using traditional cleaning methods like vacuuming will not do any good. The long fiber strands will get stuck in the vacuum, causing immense damage. Below are some tips and tricks for cleaning the rug effectively.

  • The Moroccan rugs should be kept away from areas that are frequently visited by pets and children. The high-quality rugs do some with some stain resistance. With proper and good care, your rug will last decades. Ideal to be kept in low-traffic areas.
  • It is recommended to take the rug outside occasionally and shake it. If it’s on the heavier side, hang on a washing line and hit with a stick. This maintains the fluffiness and cleanliness.
  • For best results, opt for professional carpet cleaners
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