Cooperative Tisseuses of Ain Leuh
Cooperative Tisseuses has existed since 1977 and was one the first weaving Cooperatives officially recognized in Morocco. As of today, the Cooperative is comprised of 24 full-time members. Ain Leuh is located in the Middle Atlas Mountains and is known for intricate zemmour hanbels.
Number of Artisans: 24
Association Founded: 1977
Region: Middle Atlas Mountains
Rug Techniques: Flatweave, Zemmour Hanbel, Boucherouite, Handria
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Medium to High Hand-Knot
There are many varieties of a rug that contains a Medium to High Hand-Knot—Boujad, Azilal, Beni Ourain, Beni M'Rirt, and Marmoucha, to name a few. While they may have similarities, the knot technique varies depending on the region or tribe the rug comes from.
The majority of these rugs come from the Middle Atlas and High Atlas Mountains. The local sheep in these colder climates have a thicker coat to sustain them during the winter months, which impacts the thickness of the wool, and in turn, contributes to the height of the pile.