THE WEAVING PROCESS

The Moroccan weaving craft has been passed through generations since 600 BC. Each step is meaningful. According to tradition, the weaving process gives the textile magical, protective qualities. The finished piece is considered to be a shield from the evil eye.

The wool

Sheep’s wool is considered lucky. Our weavers use “live wool,” which means it’s taken from live sheep without harm to the animal. The wool is healthier and stronger this way.

Vibrant colors

Our artisans usually dye the wool themselves using all natural spice, plant and herb blends.

Knot by knot

by knot

Depending on the size, up to 5 women will sit at the loom and begin the multi-week process of building the rug one knot at a time. On average each rug contains 50,000 knots.

Cutting from

the loom

Once the weave is completed the artisans, using their traditions passed down through generations, cut the rug from the loom and hand tie the tassels.

The artisan

The artisan is the heart of the process. She holds the tradition and craft in her hands. As she works the loom, she makes sure that evil doesn’t enter between the threads.

Wool preparation

After the wool is sheared from the sheep, the artisans wash, brush, and spin the wool into yarn, all done by hand.

The loom

Each textile is made on a vertical loom. Set up by hand, usually in the artisan’s home, the loom symbolizes protection.

Hammer comb

After each row of knots, a hammer combs is used to tightly press the weave of the rug. These combs are often carved with intricate designs to avert the evil eye from the weave.

WASHING AND DRYING IN THE SUN

The finished rugs are washed with water, scrubbed clean, and dried in the Moroccan sun.

The artisan

The artisan is the heart of the process. She holds the tradition and craft in her hands. As she works the loom, she makes sure that evil doesn’t enter between the threads.

The wool

Sheep’s wool is considered lucky. Our weavers use “live wool,” which means it’s taken from live sheep without harm to the animal. The wool is healthier and stronger this way.

Wool preparation

After the wool is sheared from the sheep, the artisans wash, brush, and spin the wool into yarn, all done by hand.

Vibrant colors

Our artisans usually dye the wool themselves using all natural spice, plant and herb blends.

The loom

Each textile is made on a vertical loom. Set up by hand, usually in the artisan’s home, the loom symbolizes protection.

Knot by knot

by knot

Depending on the size, up to 5 women will sit at the loom and begin the multi-week process of building the rug one knot at a time. On average each rug contains 50,000 knots.

Hammer comb

After each row of knots, a hammer combs is used to tightly press the weave of the rug. These combs are often carved with intricate designs to avert the evil eye from the weave.

Cutting from

the loom

Once the weave is completed the artisans, using their traditions passed down through generations, cut the rug from the loom and hand tie the tassels.

WASHING AND DRYING IN THE SUN

The finished rugs are washed with water, scrubbed clean, and dried in the Moroccan sun.