Vintage Moroccan Berber rug made by a Jewish Beni Mguild woman in the late 1950’s - early 1960’s. Soon after this time period, the already small Jewish Berber community almost completely relocated to other countries or larger cities in Morocco, making this piece extra special and rare. The background has a subtle ombre effect of lilac and fuschia that fades in and out the length of the rug. The tribal motif is done primarily in navy blue outlined with off white, and a few seemingly random squares of pale mint green added in. It's definitely a winning color combination! The last 8-10 inches of the motif are finished with a brighter blue, which reminded me of the famous “Majorelle Blue” from Yves Saint Laurent’s garden in Marrakech, hence the name “Yves”.
The Beni Mguild tribe originates from the Middle Atlas mountains and traditionally made their carpets to protect them from harsh mountain winters. They were used to cover cold floors, and even as blankets when the temperatures were in their lowest.
Berber rugs were not made for production, but as functional pieces to be used for many years and passed down through generations. The amazing thing about this is that all the colors and patterns are more than just beautiful; they have a true meaning behind them that are personal expressions of the woman who made it. These pieces can show signs of wear which I believe adds to their beauty and value, while telling a story about where they were before June + Blue. All rugs are cleaned, and any repairs needed are done in Morocco before shipment. The ends of Yves were re-bound and the original fringe replaced. This is commonly needed in rugs of this age, and keeps the piece in tact for many years to come.