Azilal carpets or Azilal, as their name recommends, stem from the craggy as well as high Azilal region, situated in the remote and hard to get to High Atlas hills, in the south of the city of Beni Mellal, regarding 180 km North-East Marrakech.
Only carried out by ladies of this region, Azilal carpets are made from virgin raw wool by alternating made up patterns of one solitary knotted line and also 1 or 2 woven lines, according to a social routine that mothers are passing down to children for generations.
Azilal rugs are commonly connected with another name" Ourika rugs" to in fact describe all the rugs that are generated a little more south by the High Atlas hills tribes: from Demnat North to Imlil south, covering thus the whole hilly area of Ait Ourir, Ourika Valley and the Oukaimden park.
Azilal carpets feature terrific creative thinking in regards to design; they incorporate uneven and also abstract patterns with many Berbers icons and rubies based graphics. They are typically enhanced with colored products such as wool and cotton tainted with veggie color or threads of recycled fabric of different colors. Azilal carpets' history is ivory/ cream, made of naturel virgin wool.
Azilal carpets are jobs where every peasant woman of Azilal area informs her tale. Rural life, being a mother as well as childbirth are patterns' major topics. In fact, weavers ideal tribal indicators of their ancestors to express their wedding, maternity and also day-to-days live.
These carpets were not woven for commercial or profit-making purpose, however just for home usage to cope with the rough high Atlas cold. Presently, in Western nations, in addition to Azilals' regular use as carpets, they are extensively presented in interior decoration as gorgeous wall ornaments or layout elements.
Fruits of weavers' imagination as well as authentic works of art, similar to abstract paintings, Azilal rugs are unusual and were practically unidentified out there until the years 90. From Paris to USA and Tokyo, numerous galleries display Azilal rugs as works of art. Their creativity and enormous strength in terms of graphics have deeply inspired musicians such as Matisse, Paul Klee as well as Le Corbusier.
Abdelghani Hammoud, the third generation of berber artisan, in khemisset, shows among the largest options of Azilal rugs. Being enthusiastic as well as enamored with Berber carpets.
He is deeply involved in the fairtrade approach by giving full support to numerous weavers' associations in order to market their carpets, advertise and also make them recognized to the western globe.
He empowers several women to have their own money, because in these Berber family, ladies do not have accessibility to cash, which are in fact limited to the male head of the house. They might therefore enable themselves what they want, being honored to create genuine work of arts as well as protect the identification of this human heritage.