What You Should Know About Moroccan Rugs

Moroccan rugs have been hand-crafted for thousands of years. Originally used as blankets, decoration, saddles, and for burial, people are now using them to decorate their homes. The process of making a Moroccan rug is complex and takes a long time. Moroccan rugs hold their value and last forever if you know how to take care of them.

Using Moroccan Rugs in Your Interior Décor

Moroccan rugs fit a variety of decors because their style is very versatile. The colors on the rugs range from muted and neutral to bold and bright. The patterns on the rugs can be strict and defined, or they can be open and fluid. The rugs contrast with modern furniture or complement vintage pieces.


Moroccans originally designed their rugs for their environment. Those who lived in the mountains needed warm wraps, and those who lived in the desert made their rugs thin and light. The nomadic Berber tribes of Morocco are famous for their beautiful rugs. The Berbers told the history of their people in the beautiful designs on their rugs. Each rug meant something to the craftsman who made it and to the person who owned it.

Tribal Designs

There are many designs found in Moroccan carpets. The two most common are Zemmour and Zaiane

  • Older Zemmour designs tend to be less intricate, but the modern designs are more detailed and ornate
  • The Zaiane rugs have elaborate embroidery and lozenge shapes on them and always look old, as the Zaiane do not make them anymore. Any Zaiane rug that looks new is a fake. All original Zaiane rugs have an old worn-out appearance. 

Zemmour red rug

Other Moroccan rugs are “shaggy piles,” thick and comfortable under the feet and popular in the winter. These rugs use “live wool” taken from a sheep that is still alive. Two tribes specialize in “shaggy pile” rugs: the Beni Ouarain and Marmoucha. These carpets have a looser weave that makes them softer to the touch, much like carpets used on flooring in homes and apartments.

Materials in Your Rug

Moroccans craft their rugs with wool, cotton, or a combination of wool and modern synthetic material. You should know what kind of material is in your rug. To check to see which materials your rug has, you can use a cigarette lighter! Wool will not catch on fire, so if the carpet catches a flame, that will indicate the presence of synthetic materials. Berbers use vibrant colors in their rugs that they find in nature, usually from plants and flowers. Poppy flowers, saffron, and indigo are used to make red, orange, yellow, and blue dye. Authentic Berber carpets still use the natural dyes to color their rugs, even though new carpets use synthetic dyes.

Moroccan rugs are a beautiful addition to any home because they are versatile as well as authentic. Who wouldn’t want an original piece to show off in their home? Some specialty shops sell authentic Moroccan rugs, but it would be best to look online for Moroccan retailers who ship overseas to get the most reliable piece. With a little research, you can add some spice to your décor with an authentic Moroccan rug.


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Choosing a Good Rug for the Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is your safe place – your sanctuary – the place where you can go and relax after a long hard day’s work and keeping kids rolling and alive all day. Not only should your master bedroom feel good, but it should look good, too. How the room looks is reflective of how it makes you feel. A good area rug can add to the coziness of your beautiful bedroom retreat.

Choose the Rug Before Choosing Anything Else for the Room

Starting with the area rug before choosing anything else for the room, will save you hours of shopping for the perfect décor. It’s easier to shop for décor to match the rug than it is to shop for a rug to match the décor. Coordinate your bed linens with the colors and patterns of the area rug. It’s much easier to find a bed and your favorite bed linens than it is to find your favorite area rug. Starting with the area rug is a great idea because there is literally nothing else in your master bedroom to influence your decision. Plan the size of your bed, linens, window treatments, and placement of all furniture around the area rugs size and style.

Decide on the Right Size and Materials

Size is a major factor when choosing an area rug. If a rug is too big, it will take over space, overpowering a room which would make it feel cluttered and small. If a rug is too small it won’t serve as a piece of décor but instead get lost in the room, making the room look too big. The materials that an area rug is made of is just as important as the size. Synthetic and wool rugs are easy to clean and can handle a lot of traffic without showing too much wear and tear. Whereas silk and fur rugs wear out easier and faster and are not a good choice for homes with children and pets too. Choose a material that not only fits your lifestyle but also the style of the room. The quality of rug’s material drastically affects the overall look and feel of the room.

Consider the Existing Flooring When Deciding on an Area Rug

Placing an area rug over carpet is a good idea, especially if you are in a rental property because it will protect the existing flooring. However, you should make sure the rug blends well with the color of the existing carpet. You wouldn’t place a blue area rug over red carpet. If you are placing a rug on hardwood, laminate, or tile flooring, you should invest in a rubber, non-slip mat to go under the rug to prevent the rug from sliding about the room. Area rugs are great for hiding damage to existing flooring but care should be taken when placing an area rug to avoid creating a trip hazard.

Area rugs are a quick and easy way to enhance the look and feel of your master bedroom. In particularly large master bedrooms, a good area rug defines and breaks up space making the room feel a lot more cozy and comfortable. Placement is key when it comes to adding an area rug to any room and there are tons of handy guides available to help you create the beautiful master bedroom of your dreams. Though a shag area rug can be your ideal dream rug in this case.


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