Vintage Ait Bou Ichaouen Hanbel| Gemma
SIZE | 142 cm x 210 cm (4’8” x 6’11”)
AGE | approximately 25 years
MATERIALS | 100% wool
PILE | Mixed (flat woven with medium pile details)
ORIGIN | Ait Bou Ichaouen tribe (Talsint Region)
This hanbel (local word for kilim) was made by the Ait Bou Ichaouen, a tribal confederation located in the eastern High Atlas Mountains near Talsint. It combines the two techniques of flat weaving and pile knots, as seen in the raised diamond pattern throughout the rug. The background is made up of horizontal bands in different shades of purple, with some small accents of tan, green, mint, and marigold. The raised diamond pattern is done in pink, green, blue, cream and yellow. The subtle changes in color make it such an interesting piece, and while being a classic Ait Bou Ichaouen hanbel, I've never seen one quite like it!
Vintage Berber rugs were not made for production, but as functional pieces to be used for many years and passed down through generations. The colors and patterns are a combination of traditional Berber symbolism and the personal expressions of the woman who made it. No two are the same!
Note: Each of these pieces has a story that started long before it’s arrival to June + Blue and may show signs of wear and fading. These imperfections are signs of authenticity and character, not flaws. Anything of note is included in the listing. All rugs are cleaned, and any repairs needed are done in Morocco before exporting.
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