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Berber carpet: how to choose it?

Do you dream of a typically Moroccan interior decoration, and the desire to buy a Berber carpet has been tickling you for a while? These masterpieces often scare decorating enthusiasts, because you have to understand the maintenance of the carpet. You have the choice between the Berber carpet made by hand, whose history and symbolism will give a real cachet to your interior, and the Berber carpet manufactured industrially, more easily washable. To help you choose your Berber carpet , here are our 3 AlloTapis tips.

TIP N ° 1: KNOW HOW TO RECOGNIZE A REAL BERBER CARPET

Here and there you see carpets stamped “Berber carpets” and you wonder if they are authentic. To recognize a Berber carpet , you need to check four points:

  • The material: Berber carpets are still Middle Atlas sheep wool rugs , extra virgin, dye-free, very soft to the touch.
  • Color: traditional rugs generally have bright colors (artisanal pigmentation), but there are more sober models, in pastel colors.
  • Tying: this is an entirely manual operation, in reverse knotting, hence the irregularities observed at the corners of the carpet
  • The fringes: made on a loom, the fringes on one side only constitute the signature of Berber rugs.

Apart from the typically traditional carpet, many other pieces are inspired by Berber design, thus giving the “Berber effect” to your interior.

TIP N ° 2: CHOOSE YOUR BERBER CARPET ACCORDING TO ITS GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGIN

There are usually four types of Berber rugs: Azilal, Beni Ouarain, Boucherouite and Kilim rugs.
The Azilal rug , named after the city Azilal in Morocco, is a typically feminine rug. The Moroccan weaver gives free rein to her artistic sense, and imagines geometric patterns in bright colors. If you have sober furniture, this rug will add a “pep’s” touch to your decor.
The Beni Ouarain rug is the softest rug among Berber rugs. Always two-tone (white / brown or white / black), this rug seduces fans of decoration with its diamond patterns. It will go perfectly with your chic and refined interior.
The Boucherouite carpet takes its name from the word “cherouite” which means scraps of fabric or clothing at the end of use. This fundamentally ecological rug recycled old pieces of fabric into cozy and colorful rugs. As it was necessary to compose with existing materials, the Boucherouite carpet is a unique product, with each weaving.
The Kilim rug is flat woven from knotted wool. It goes very well with warm and ethnic atmospheres.

TIP # 3: DETERMINE THE BUDGET AND USE OF THE RUG

The wallet often guides your choices, but remember that some rugs are more suited to your daily life than others. If your budget is comfortable, opt for a Béni Ouarain. This oriental rug is quite light, so should be installed in a low-traffic area. You should also consider the needs of your family (small children) and think about the daily use of the rug. It is not uncommon to introduce new rules, such as putting on slippers when entering the house, to preserve the quality of your carpet. A true decorative object, the Berber carpet immediately catches the eye in your room.
Whatever your choice, you will find the Berber carpet that suits you.

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