Moroccan Berber carpet Mrirt 100 % Wool
Among the different collections of carpets, you will find the Mrirt carpet in pure natural wool. Hand-woven by Berber women in the Moroccan Middle Atlas, these wool carpets, recognizable by their geometric patterns, are of impeccable quality thanks to their silkier wool than others but also thanks to their denser weave, which gives them a velvety and soft feel. Small or large rugs, they will embellish your interior.
Moroccan Berber rugs are often made of natural wool and are characterised by geometric patterns and bright colours. Moroccan carpets are appreciated worldwide for their beauty, quality and durability. They are often used to decorate homes and living spaces. There are several styles of Moroccan rugs, each with its own distinctive patterns and colours, such as Beni Ouarain rugs, Azilal rugs and Boucherouite rugs.
Moroccan carpets are handmade by local artisans using traditional techniques. The manufacturing process may vary slightly depending on the region and tribe.
Mrirt is a town located in the Beni Mellal-Khénifra region of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. This region is known for the production of traditional Berber carpets, especially Mrirt carpets which are handmade from natural wool and coloured with vegetable dyes. Mrirt carpets are valued for their geometric and abstract patterns, as well as for their quality and durability. They are used as floor mats, but can also be used as wall decorations or as tapestries.
Here are the general steps in making a Moroccan carpet:
1. Selection of materials: Moroccan carpets are often made from sheep or goat wool, or vegetable fibres such as cotton or sisal. The craftsmen select quality materials to guarantee the durability and beauty of the carpet.
2. Dyeing of the yarns: The wool or cotton yarns are dyed in natural colour baths based on plants or synthetic pigments. Traditional Moroccan carpet colours include red, blue, green, yellow and black.
3. Yarn weaving: The dyed yarns are then woven by hand on a vertical loom. Artisans use special weaving techniques to create the geometric and abstract patterns characteristic of Moroccan carpets.
4. Finishing: Once the weaving is complete, the artisans cut off excess threads and add fringes or other decorations to each end of the carpet.
5. Washing and drying: The carpet is then washed with water to remove dust and dirt particles, and then air-dried.
6. Final finishing: Finally, the craftsmen check the carpet to ensure that it is in perfect condition, making final alterations if necessary.
The process of making a Moroccan carpet can take weeks or months, depending on the size and complexity of the carpet. It is a painstaking process that requires a great deal of patience and craftsmanship, and this is what makes each Moroccan rug unique and precious.
To maintain a wool carpet, here are some steps to follow:
1. Vacuum the carpet regularly to remove dust and dirt particles. It is recommended to vacuum at least once a week, or more often in high traffic areas.
2. If the carpet becomes stained, clean it quickly with a clean, damp cloth. Avoid using hot water or scrubbing too hard to avoid damaging the fibres.
3. Use a carpet cleaner specially designed for wool carpets if the carpet needs a thorough cleaning. Be sure to follow the label instructions and test the product on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet before using it on the entire surface.
4. Avoid placing the wool carpet in areas of high humidity or direct sunlight as this can damage the fibres.
5. Rotate the carpet regularly to prevent premature wear in high traffic areas.
By following these simple steps, you can keep your wool carpet clean and in good condition for many years.
Natural wool may contain small fibres that come to the surface but this will fade over time.
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