> Saida’s Protective Hanbel
Size: 3'-2" x 7' (.98 x 2.14 m)Rug Style: HanbelPile:
Flat with small pile dispersed throughoutMaterials: 100% live sheep’s wool, organic spice blends for dye
The Story Behind the Weave:This rug was handwoven by Saida who is the president of a female only association located in the southeast of Morocco.This piece consists of 100% "live" wool, which was carded, brushed and spun by the women of the association. The rug’s colors come from naturally dying the wool using various spice and vegetable blends such as indigo stone, figs, henna, pomegranate skin and saffron to name just a few. In more traditional rug design, the symbolism is often a wish or depiction of the artisan’s life. For example, the Hamsa hand also known as the Hand of Fatima
is a palm-shaped amulet thought to be a sign of protection. The symbol on the top right is named an Amzaigh fibula or Tazarzit. While the use is widespread among numerous North African tribes - its exact form is different from tribe to tribe, but tends to consists of a triangle beneath a semicircle. It's thought to represent femininity in the Amazigh culture.
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