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What makes Azilal rug so unique

30 Mar 2019
What makes Azilal rug so unique - Benisouk

What is Moroccan Azilal carpet?

Azilal rugs are named after the mountainous region where they are made, about 180km from Marrakech. It is in everyday life that the tribal women of this region give life to their ancestral traditions by weaving this Berber rug. This rug’s reputation has gone beyond this steep region of the Moroccan High Atlas and has become a popular alternative to the more well-known Beni Ourain rugs. Azilal rugs are strongly associated with the use of aboriginal patterns and colour palettes.

The weaving techniques for the rug have been passed on from family to family and generation to generation for a long time, in accordance with the strong cultural traditions of the Azilal.

How was the Moroccan Azilal rug created?

Moroccan Azilal rugs combines the bright colours of Boucherouite rug and the graphic patterns of Beni Ourain rug. The weaving techniques are a little different from those used to craft the Beni Ourain rug. The weaver must first work the virgin wool to alternately perform a knotted line and one or two braided lines. This makes a shorter velvet like rug that invites to people to lay down to read for hours on its’ soft and comfortable fibres.

Azilal rugs are embellished with several colours, introduced with either tinted wool or coloured cotton threads. The bottom of a rug is often white or cream in reference to the natural colour of the wool, this natural hue gives authenticity to this jewel of Moroccan craftsmanship. The meaning of the patterns that adorn the rug may represent the femininity of Berber women and the history of the tribe and its tradition.


Exclusively created by the region’s talented women, these rugs are abstract paintings that add a rustic and ethnic touch to your home. The softness, design and colours of this Berber rug bring vintage pleasure to any space and compliment other interior decoration styles, such as vintage design or contemporary.

Where to buy Azilal rug

You can also discover our collection of Azilal rug and more types of Moroccan decor.

What makes Azilal rug so unique - Benisouk


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