A unique Rehamna, 1970s, from the Plains of Marrakech, with free floating motifs flanked by zigzag lines, on a brown-purplish field. What makes this piece special is that Rehamna rugs with dark backgrounds are extremely rare. Additionally, the monochrome background has a striking vividness which, in combination with the foreground, makes the motifs look like clouds moving across a distant field. Please note: This rug has probably been slightly shortened. It is listed as no.188 in the catalogue described below. 


Jurgen Adam began collecting in the 1960s and had access to pieces that have long since disappeared from the market. His collection include pile carpets from Rehamna and the region surrounding the city of Boujad, as well as a group of highly unusual pieces and a large number of monochrome carpets from the Middle Atlas.


Please see the catalogue Marokkanische Teppiche und die Kunst der Moderne (published by Arnoldsche in 2013) accompanying the exhibit Moroccan Carpets and Modern Art shown at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich from September 14, 2013 to January 5, 2014. To inquire about the availability of individual pieces please get in touch via the link below.

230 × 135 cm
7'5" × 4'4"
very good


The REHAMNA region lies in the Plains of Marrakech, extending northwards of the city Marrakech and is bordered to the north by the Oum Er-Rbia River. The Rehamna tribes consist of two main groups the „Arabs“ and the „Saharans“ which are further divided by smaller groups. Pile rugs can be distinguished by two basic design types: the ‘Qtifa’ and the ‘Zarbia’. The first type is a monochromatic ground field in red or orange, often with abrash, occasionally featuring a few sparsely scattered motifs. The second type is often heavily decorated. Both types share some common characteristics including a red or orange field that is typically framed by sawtooth edges, a warp made with goat hair (sometimes mixed with wool) and striped kilim bands on both ends (up to 40 cm long in older examples). Pieces made before the mid 20th century are remarkably fine in comparison to other rural Moroccan rugs. Rehamna rugs are known for their highly artistic and unpredictable designs using free forms, chains of diamonds, squares, checker board motifs, asymmetric arrangement of lines or influences from Rabat carpets. They should not be confused with rugs from the Ahmar or the Ouled Bou Sbaâ which are situated further south.