A highly unique Boujad rug, 1960s or older, from the region around Beni Mellal, with a calm, unusual design. The field is framed by sawtooth selvedges and colorful striped kilim bands on both ends. The kilim band on the bottom incorporates a small motif in weft wrapping technique which is often seen in rugs from Beni Mellal. An exceptional quality of wool and a rich color variation in the background enhances the beauty of this rug. It is rather rare to find a Boujad rug made entirely of wool, except if it has considerable age. Usually, Boujad rugs are made of mixed materials, often including textiles scraps.

280 × 150 cm
9'1" × 5'
very good


BOUJAD rugs are made by Arab tribes and Arabised Berber tribes but they are named after the town of Boujad. The surrounding region of this town lies in the western foothills of the Middle Atlas adjoining the Zaer tribal territory in the extreme western corner, and the town Beni Mellal at the northernmost edge of Western High Atlas. The knotted rugs have typically a low pile and are often made with mixed materials such as wool, cotton, textile scraps and industrial yarns. Their designs are often highly individual containing Berber motifs, motifs found in Rabat rugs, distorted checkerboard fields and gestural abstract patterns- all in lively colors.