Berber rugs get their name from the Berber tribes of Morocco, who traditionally create the hand-woven carpets and textiles. Some say that the greatest rugs are those that originate from the Beni Ourain peoples from the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco. Although these rugs have usually been woven for durability and utility, they still serve a decorative purpose. Berber rugs with a thick pile are useful in snowy areas of the world, and rugs with a flat weave and light weight function perfectly in hot, arid climates. Members of some nomadic tribes use them for bed covers, sleeping mats, or even burial shrouds. Don't be surprised to find them even being used as saddle blankets. Moroccans are known to have been weaving their rugs and mats since he Paleolithic Era. The wool comes from the sheep that are at home in the Atlas Mountains and Rif Mountains.
Colors of the rugs and mats can vary from neutral shades, to really eye-popping colors. Backgrounds can be a bare field, or creations with designs that can be freeform, or simple geometric designs. Beni Ourain rugs tend to be dichromatic, rather than have a mixture of blazing colors. Larger cities tend to lean to common patterns, each having their own idea of what should be. Each region has it's own distinct most frequently used designs, which are passed from weaver to weaver, from teacher to student. In the coastal capital of Rabat, the carpets show diamond-shaped, and even floral, elements, all on a typical bare field.
In the 13th century, the long time Moroccan capital of Fes had over one hundred dye workers, and thousands of studios. Even so, Beni Ourain rugs tend to run to neutral colors, with ivory or white tones, and the hues of the darker interwoven lines are dyed naturally.
In the West, a popularity explosion occurred when furniture designers used these Moroccan rugs to "anchor" their displayed arrangements. When it comes to a comparison against the traditional Oriental rugs, they tend to have a little less elegance, yet they can fit into almost any modern Western décor. These rugs come in a variety of sizes, from small (240 x 115 cm) to large4 (310cm x 200 cm) , and can tie in to almost any color scheme. Many designers have used Moroccan Wedding Blankets as throws draped over the arm of a sofa or chair. When shopping for your own styles of rugs or throws, be sure to look for 100 percent authentic labeling. This can ensure durability and quality. Although what we love now may not be what we love in the future, these rugs have a timeless appeal.
No matter what room you're wanting to jazz up style points in, one of these beautiful rugs can help. Use one near the side of a bed, use one in a living room to show a cohesive seating arrangement in a living room, or use one in the bath, just for that luxurious spa feel. These rugs do ensure style, guaranteed.