Thursday, August 21, 2014

Magic Carpet Ride

Morocco is certainly the place to take a magic carpet ride!

Handmade carpets by the Berber tribes of Morocco are both unique and beautiful. No two rugs are alike and an authentic Moroccan rug contains one of a kind details.  They are timeless and a true investment.

I was lucky enough to be invited into a Berber home and meet the women who weave.  It was a fascinating experience, sharing their traditional mint tea and learning the process involved in the weaving and the significance of the designs.

I tried my hand at carding, preparing the wool for spinning. It's actually a lot harder than it looks.

These Berber ladies weave the traditional  Glaoui rugs.

The Beni Ouarain rug is an organic hand woven "live" wool, meaning the wool used is sheered from live sheep.

It was such an exciting and inspiring experience to see just how these incredible pieces of art are made!  I am looking forward to planning my next trip to explore the souks (marketplaces) and more traditional Berber rugs.

Have a great day, 

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