An attractive Boujad rug from the Beni Zemmour tribe, 1960s, with a rich narrative on a purple abrashed background. The central theme is a tea pot, mimicking a central medallion seen in urban rugs from Rabat, framed by an abstract garland-like shape. Figurative representations and geometric shapes intermingle with other symbols and are playfully scattered around the central motif. The overall cheerful composition most probably symbolizes abundance and festivities.

260 × 160 cm
8'4" × 5'
100% wool


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.