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The Beni Ouarain Weavers VS Competition from Cheap Knock-offs

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The Beni Ouarain Weavers VS Competition from Cheap Knock-offs

Without doubt, the most famous of the Moroccan Amazigh (Berber) carpets are those of the Beni Ouarain, a confederation of seventeen Amazigh tribes.  Now their unique corner of the carpet market is under threat from cheap Chinese, Turkish Indian and Egyptian copies Located in the Middle Atlas, the nomadic Beni Ouarain probably began to settle south and southeast of the range of mountains known as Jebel Bouiblane around the 9th century AD, but it is suspected that the flat weaving tradition they brought with them is considerably older. Genuine Beni Ouarain carpets are much sought after and the demand for...

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Rug Auction in Morocco's Middle Atlas

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Rug Auction in Morocco's Middle Atlas

A Rug auction is a vivid and theatrical experience to onlookers and an economic necessity to those who produce the carpets. Suzanna Clarke visits the one held in the Middle Atlas town of Khenifra. Red is the colour primarily associated with the Middle Atlas town of Khenifra, 165 kilometers from Fez and 300 kilometers from Marrakesh. Not only is it the vibrant hue of the hills and escarpements of the surrounding Meknes-Tafilalet region, but it is also the colour of the blood spilt during the many battles fought by the proud Berber tribe of Zayane, who are the main inhabitants.The name Khenifra...

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“Atlas women” brought out the Moroccan berber rug from Forgetfulness

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“Atlas women” brought out the Moroccan berber rug from Forgetfulness

In the high-altitude Atlas Mountains and about 120 km from Fez  the imperial..

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HOME RUGS & CARPETS CLEANING

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HOME RUGS & CARPETS CLEANING

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BERBER CULTURES AND TRADITIONS

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BERBER CULTURES AND TRADITIONS

Berber. ... The Berbers live in scattered communities across Morocco, 

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