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Shopping for Rugs in Morocco

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Traditional Poufs, Rugs & Cushions in Morocco HotelWe know that when you travel around Morocco you are going to be wowed by the rugs.  From the time you arrive until the time you depart, you are going to see incredible rugs.  They will be at the markets, in the shops, they will be under your feet at the gorgeous hotels or desert camps and they will be for sale everywhere.  You will find them in Marrakesh, in Fez and in Casablanca, and even, off the beaten track in the desert and in the mountains.

We have one word of advice for you.  Don’t buy the very first rug you see!  You will fall in love with it, sure, but you are going to fall in love with many rugs along your journey.  Rather, take your time, make notes of your favourite rugs as you may want to go back for them, and also, make notes of the size, colour and type of rug you want.

That all sounds quite clinical, and of course if you want to buy the first rug you see because you’ve never seen anything more beautiful, do it!  There is nothing wrong with impulse.  Otherwise, take your time and do a little research too.

You will find a few different types of rugs in Morocco.

There are Kilims, locally known as Hanbels. Kilims are fabulous, colourful, fairly light in weight and decorative.  A Kilim can be used on the floor, as a wall hanging, or as a bedcover.   They are flat-woven rugs, woollen but sometimes with mixed textiles, and have no pile, hence they are fairly light to carry.  Kilims can be found in almost all countries as they have become hugely popular, but of course in Morocco they are local and therefore the prices are excellent.

There are knotted pile rugs. These are heavier and more luxurious rugs. They vary in thickness, woven beautifully and can be low, medium or thick pile.  They come in a variety of colours and are quite beautiful and unusual.

Boucherouite rugs are also known as rag rugs.  These are more contemporary rugs, or creative rugs, using recycled textiles and fabrics.  They are often made where wool is not easy to find, and the weavers use bits of cotton, scraps of fabric and threads of silver or gold thread.

It’s the rug weaving techniques that make Moroccan rugs so beautiful.  If you’re lucky, you can go to a weaving factory, or watch women weaving rugs with looms in their homes.  It’s all by hand!  There are different tribes in Morocco, and they all have their own tribal patterns and techniques.  Sometimes the techniques are mixed, resulting in unusual and fabulous patterns and detail.  It’s why we think you should take your time and do your research, because the more you learn about rugs, the more fascinating they become.

There are tribal rugs, aged rugs, vintage rugs, contemporary rugs, woollen rugs, woven rugs, recycled rugs and more!  Don’t feel shy to bargain, it’s almost expected of you. And look down all the time.  The rugs under your feet are always spectacular.

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