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Vintage Zaiane Berber Rug
Vintage Hand-woven Moroccan Rug by the Berber Weavers of the Zaiane Tribe
In the Middle Atlas Mountains, a soft and pliant carpet was used as a sleeping mat in the Berber home: Its flexible and loose weave would have made it easy to pack up and move. Over 60 years old, this gorgeous pile rug is made of pure hand spun wool and natural dies. The unique orchid purple, tangerine and cherry red are somewhat muted and hues and blend perfectly with the charcoal grey wool. A complex lattice grid of lozenges fills the carpet, many containing additional intriguing Berber symbols and motifs. A little bit of color transfers in sections of the carpet creating an Ombre fade. Substantial yet light weight and easy to move around, the structure and conditionare very good; it is a collector’s item! The use of a non-skid pad under the rug is recommended.
This rug is nearly an antique so it will not shed. What surprises many customers is that it isn’t exactly heavy foot traffic that ruins a rug, it’s the dirt that accumulates and embeds itself in the rug over time as a result of the foot traffic. On a micro level, dirt shreds the fibers of the rug and causes it to degenerate over time. The longer the dirt is left in the rug, the deeper it becomes embedded, which exponentially increases the damage.
The key is to regularly clean your rug by either brushing with a broom, or vacuuming side to side (not end to end) with a light or medium setting. For liquid spills, act quickly to prevent from drying– use paper towels to absorb. After several years it is recommended to have your rug professionally washed, particularly if you have pets in the home.