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> Fadila's Amazigh Beni
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Size: 6' x 9'-4" (1.85 x 2.86 m)Rug Style: Beni OurainPile: Small to MediumMaterials: 100% live, undyed sheep’s wool
The Story Behind the Weave:The Association Le Vieux Village is a beautiful collective of women artisans just outside of Tazenakht. This modernized Beni Ourain comes from Fadila who belongs to the association but lives far away on the foothills of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Naima, pictured, who is the leader of the association is Fadila's cousin.Fadila carded, brushed and spun the wool by hand using 100% live wool from her local shepherd.This rug style is known as Beni Ourain. The name represents a region that includes 17 Amazigh (Berber) tribes, all living among the Atlas Mountains. This is the most commonly known style of Moroccan rugs, while they usually share geometric design elements, each tribe has their own signature style. Fadila modernized this piece by incorporating traditional Amazigh symbols throughout the rug. The shapes within the weave represent symbols from the Tamazight language as well as symbolism of protection, strength, and luck to name a few.
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