September 23, 2018
Buying Moroccan Rugs
Moroccan carpets have been around for hundreds of years. Upholstery carpets are hand-woven in different regions of Morocco, and often vary in style according to the region. The art of weaving was handed down from generation to generation, and each craftsman is unique in terms of weaving techniques and inclusion of folklore and symbolism in his work. If you are interested in owning a Moroccan rug, you will want to evaluate its durability, knitting and quality before buying.
There are two basic types of Moroccan carpets: urban and rural. The urban type tends to have a more sophisticated pattern influenced by trade with the Mediterranean. These rugs usually have a hard support and are made with cotton and wool threads. You can see drawings that include animals, flowers or woven decorative medallions. The urban carpet can usually be ordered in various sizes, colors and designs chosen by the buyer. On the other hand, the rural type is an expression of the Moroccan tribal traditions. This type usually comes from the Atlas Mountains or Marrakech, areas that did not have much influence of the Mediterranean. The rural rugs have us or intricate knitting on the back, instead of the support you’ll find on urban rugs. The craftsmen choose the color, the design and the theme, so they can not usually be ordered by order.
After finding a right design of Moroccan rugs, you are ready to start shopping. You want to make sure that the carpet you are considering is made by hand, because this indicates authenticity. The quality of the carpet is also determined by how many nodes per inch there are. The more we per inch, the thinner the plot. A standard quality Moroccan carpet has 20,000 knots per square meter. This is a loose fabric, and the design is not so intricate. A Moroccan rug of high quality is made with high quality yarns and has 90,000 knots per square meter. The design of these rugs seems very clear. If you want a carpet with premium wool, you will want an extra-high quality Moroccan carpet with 160,000 knots per square meter. The designs of these carpets are very complex.
Ask the seller about the material from which the carpets are made. For the highest quality, always choose wool. For the softer type of wool, look for carpets made from the cut wool of a live sheep. The most popular type of Moroccan rugs is a mixture of wool and cotton; It is known to be a durable material that allows many different types of projects. Keep in mind that authentic Moroccan rugs are not made with synthetic materials.
Discover from the seller what types of dyes were used for carpets. Rural carpets are usually made with natural dyes, made with saffron, poppy flower and indigo plants. If you prefer a wider choice of colors, choose an urban rug, which usually uses synthetic dyes. Synthetic dyes, although not so authentic, retain their color for longer than natural dyes.