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Size: 31.4" x 8' 10" (.80 x 2.71 m)Rug Style: HanbelPile: Flat with small pile dispersed throughout Materials: 100% live sheep’s wool, organic spice blends for dye
The Story Behind the Weave:This intricate Hanbel runner was handwoven by Tamzilt.
Tamzilt is part of Mbarka's, pictured, extended family. Mbarka was one of the first artisans we ever worked with and through the years we've grown closer and closer to her and her extended family. This rug style is called Hanbel. It’s woven with 100% 'live' sheep’s wool.
The colors were created with natural dyes using spice blends & local plants such as pomegranate skin, beets, saffron, henna and turmeric. While the majority of the weave is flat, the designs have a slightly higher pile, giving this piece texture and dimension.
The border surrounding the piece represents the defensive wall that usually surrounds a Kasbah. The geometric shapes within the walls represent symbols from the Tamazight language as well as symbolism of protection, strength, and luck to name a few.
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