> Amassine Vintage Souk Hanbel
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Size: 3.8 x 5 ft (1.15 x 1.55 m)Rug Style: Vintage HanbelPile: Flat and small pile on borderMaterials: 100% live sheep’s wool, natural and spice dyesThe Story Behind the Weave:This vintage weave belongs to a family that lives in the Amassine village. This piece has super unique dimensions as it was originally made to help transport items from the village's weekly souk (market or a bazaar). Weekly souks are usually held at the center of the village and families use donkey’s to help carry their weekly hauls, from vegetables to grains. This rug was used to cover the food to help keep it fresh as the donkey and owner made its way back home.This Hanbel was woven with sheep’s wool and the colors were created with natural vegetables and spice blends - ingredients like henna, pomegranate skin, saffron, indigo, walnut shells and mint to name a few.
While the majority of the weave is flat, the border and middle designs have a slight higher pile, giving this piece texture and dimension.
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