In Aït Barra, the weaving tradition has been carefully nurtured by a woman named Rokia. At almost 100 years old, Rokia has taught nearly all the women of the Village to weave. Because of her seniority, the artisans trust Rokia to house and sell their rugs. As her memory has started to fade, Rokia’s daughters, Rabha and Latifa, have stepped in to run the Village rug sales for the collective of 15 artisans. The rug styles range from flatweave and hanbel to handria.
Number of Artisans: 15
Region: Toudra Gorge
Rug Techniques: Flatweave, Hanbel, Handria, Low Hand-Knot, Kilim
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Our Vintage pieces were usually made by grandmas or great aunts and then passed down through generations. Even when a family runs out of room or decides to sell an old rug, they’re bound to bring beauty to their next home.
Most Vintage rugs you will find in local Moroccan markets are purchased by male brokers, who visit neighboring villages and buy up all the pieces they can in one transaction.
Our process is different, as we work directly with the women selling these heirloom rug pieces. We visit their homes and neighborhoods to see the pieces in-person and negotiate face-to-face.
One telltale way to spot Vintage rugs is by their odd shapes, as they may have been made to fit into old buildings, or specific spaces generations ago.