Moroccan Rug weaving began with the Berbers, who were the indigenous people of North Africa and inhabited Morocco before it was invaded by Arabs in the seventh century. These rugs are usually in bold colors and animated patterns, and the designs are almost always geometric or tribal. The colors and patterns are distinct according to the tribe that wove it. In the twentieth-century, the Moroccan Rugs are widely collected in the West because of its unique tribal patters. The wool of these rugs is plush and soft to the touch.
This is a fine example of an Overdyed area rug. These rugs demonstrate a process best described as 'The modern palette applied to classics'. It consists of an added step to the finishing process in which the rug is antique washed, sheared, and finally hand dyed in a full immersion bath of a chosen color. The effect is quite stunning, adding a vibrant overcast to the whole rug and blending seamlessly with the prior dyes.
Moroccan rugs can be traced back all the way to the Paleolithic era, early native people of Morocco quickly embraced the trade of rug making. They were then utilized for beneficial purposes rather than decorating. Due to the harsh climates of the Atlas Mountains, Moroccan rugs were traditionally made with plentiful wool piles to provide warmth. Today Moroccan rugs are heavily found in western homes, because of their upscale chic design and delightfully plush feel.