These rugs are considered the most representative example of the High Atlas mountains craft. They are made from sheep’s wool and come, most often, in geometric patterns and varied natural dyes such as saffron, henna, wild mint or poppy.
They are woven by women from the Moroccan Middle Atlas tribes, near the city of Fez, Their distinguishing feature is being flat –woven, tightly knotted rugs . They usually depict square shapes into diamond linked patterns, which are typical of the tribal craft and are symbolically related to reproduction and birth. Their chromatic richness is also remarkable.
Made by the Middle Atlas Tribe Zaïan these flat woven wool and cotton rugs are characterized by their chromatic richness and the superb quality of their elaborate designs.
Woven in the Rehamna region, located in the plains which surround the imperial city of Marrakesh, the use of a red palette of colours and Hanbel style-inspired designs are typical of this kind.
They are handmade rugs from Talsit, one of the eastern provinces of Morocco. They are a Hanbel flat woven variety, woven in bright colours and are particularly noted by their use of little embroidered sequins and lozenge motifs as a reference to the woman’s womb.
Woven in the Middle Atlas region of Beni M’rirt , they are sometimes mistaken for the very prized Beni Quarain rugs, especially the ones made in an off-white or cream background of undyed natural wool. Their distinctive features are the use of red, brown and orange colours and the thick pile density of the weft. Their most frequent motifs are diamonds and lozenge which are common symbols of sexuality and reproduction.