Artisans of Kalaat M’Gouna
Located in the southeast of Morocco, Kalaat M’Gouna is most known for its Valley of the Roses, celebrated every May by a popular Rose Festival. Mina, the matriarch of this Association, grew up closer to Tazenakht and moved to Kalaat M’Gouna after marrying her husband. She began teaching the weaving craft to friends and neighbors decades ago. In 1995, she formed a small Association made up of Villagers and extended family. Today, there are still 10 members and they make low hand-knot, boucherouite, and kharita rugs.
Number of Artisans: 10
Association Founded In: 1995
Rug Techniques: Low Hand-Knot, Boucherouite, Kharita, Kilim
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The kilim style originates from the Middle Atlas mountain region.
These rugs carry symbolism around the identity of the tribes weaving them.
Many kilim designs are interpretations of a popular window dressing in Moroccan homes; intricate lattice work surrounding oriel (or bay-style) windows with stained glass accents that create shade and privacy while allowing natural light to enter the home.