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The "Rug of the tribes", or "Berber Rug"

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The "Rug of the tribes", or "Berber Rug"

The berb  er Rug is therefore an artistic object made in families

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Moroccan handicrafts : Renaissance of a secular art

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Moroccan handicrafts : Renaissance of a secular art

The craft industry was born in Morocco with the arrival of the first Berber tribes and their establishment in the north of Morocco...

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The Moroccan Berber Rug & Amazigh Tifinagh symbols

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The Moroccan Berber Rug & Amazigh Tifinagh symbols

The Moroccan berber rugs, especially the Amazighs, are rich in vivid and colorful colors, geometric shapes and symbols with a cultural and national... 

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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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