Moroccan Zanafi - Kilim 100% Wool
The Zanafi rug is a unique piece, hand-woven in 100% wool. Originally from the High Atlas, the technique used by Berber women is the same as that of the Kilim. Its finer frame gives it a more contemporary look. Generally large in size with geometric shapes reminiscent of the diamond, it can also be put in a hallway or your living room.
Zanafi rugs are often made from natural colors, such as white wool and camel wool, as well as vegetable dyes for more vibrant hues, such as blue, red, yellow and green. Zanafi rug designs are often traditional Berber symbols, such as rhombuses, triangles, zigzag lines and fertility symbols.
Zanafi rugs are popular in modern interiors for their aesthetic beauty and cultural history. Zanafi rugs are considered pieces of art and are often used as wall rugs or to add a splash of color and texture to a living space.
Moroccan Berber carpets are often made of natural wool and are characterized by geometric patterns and bright colors. Moroccan rugs are appreciated around the world 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 their own distinctive patterns and colors, such as Beni Ouarain rugs, Azilal rugs, and Boucherouite rugs.
Moroccan rugs are handmade by local artisans using traditional techniques. The manufacturing process may vary slightly by region and tribe.
Here are the general steps for making a Moroccan rug:
1. Material selection: Moroccan rugs are often made from sheep's or goat's wool, or plant fibers such as cotton or sisal. Craftsmen select quality materials to ensure the durability and beauty of the rug.
2. Yarn dyeing: Woolen or cotton yarns are dyed in natural color baths based on plants or synthetic pigments. Traditional Moroccan rug colors include red, blue, green, yellow, and black.
3. Weaving of the yarns: The dyed yarns are then woven by hand on a vertical loom. Artisans use special weaving techniques to create geometric and abstract patterns characteristic of Moroccan rugs.
4. Finishing: Once the weaving is finished, the artisans cut off the excess threads and add fringes or other decorations to each end of the carpet.
5. Washing and drying: The rug is then washed in water to remove dust and dirt particles, then air dried.
6. Final finishes: Finally, the craftsmen check the rug to ensure that it is in perfect condition, making final touches if necessary.
The process of making a Moroccan rug can take weeks or months, depending on the size and intricacy of the rug. It's a painstaking process that requires a lot of patience and craftsmanship, and it's what makes each Moroccan rug unique and valuable.
To maintain a wool carpet, here are some steps to follow:
1. Vacuum the mat regularly to remove dust and dirt particles. It is recommended that you vacuum at least once a week, or more often in high traffic areas.
2. If the carpet has stains, clean it quickly with a clean, damp cloth. Avoid using hot water or scrubbing too hard to avoid damaging the fibers.
3. Use a carpet cleaner made specifically for woolen carpets if the carpet needs deep cleaning. Be sure to follow label directions and test the product on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet before using it on the entire surface.
4. Avoid placing the wool rug in areas with high humidity or direct sunlight, as this can damage the fibers.
5. Rotate the mat regularly to prevent high traffic areas from premature wear.
By following these simple steps, you can keep your wool rug clean and looking good for years to come.
Natural wool may contain small fibers that rise to the surface but this will fade over time.
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