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Apart from the excessively popular Beni Ourain rugs from Morocco, Boucherouite rugs are another mat design that keeps customers coming back to us.
The Boucherouite carpet is timeless in design, extravagant in color, and all-time irresistible. This carpet brings to life pieces of old clothing that appears to find a home in the divine creativity in these carpets whose name means “scrap” or “a piece torn from old clothes.” The flourishing of these Moroccan rugs ushers in the end of an era where rugs were predominantly made using wool as the main material. These developments have a great influence on the cultural, social and economic outlook in the rural areas of Morocco.
In the past, people used to highly rely on wool-carpets since wool was the primary raw material for the carpet production. But time has changed and many Moroccans have moved away from animal husbandry as a way of life. They have turned to settle down on either farming or other forms of rural employment. This has made wool very scarce as a raw material and like others, people have resorted to replacement materials, such as nylon, Lurex, synthetic fibers, cotton, recycled rag strips, strips of clothing and other textile remnants.
These rugs have the most humble and simple designs you can ever imagine. Boucherouites are made of unraveled or strips of old textiles, such as worn out clothes or rugs that are weaved into something remarkable. Although they have a humble origin, useful components are incorporated into the patchwork by the highest skilled weavers.
The Boucherouite (pronounced boo-shay-reet) emanates from the Arabic term bu sherwit, which means “a scrap of used clothing.” The Barbarians of Morocco began making this type of rugs in the 60s and 70s, the main inspiration being their need rather than fashion. Like most of our Berber rugs, the Boucherouite rugs we offer are also mostly woven by women. Because of this, they feature some of the most pleasant designs whereas international and commercial trade designs are normally not the first consideration while making them.
The vintage Boucherouite rugs we offer are usually made using the traditional wool material; but alternatives may also be seen, including synthetic fibers, cotton, nylon, and sometimes even plastics. The Berber tribes did not voluntarily shift into using the substitute materials. In the early 20th century, there was a French inclusion into Morocco. During this time movement was restricted to the Berber groups and so they had to change their way of life which previously included rearing sheep that were left to roam freely, to a modern lifestyle. The positive outcome of this was the invention of the Boucherouite rugs.
These rugs have the most humble and simple designs you can ever imagine. Usually made of unraveled or strips of old textiles, such as worn out clothes or rugs that are weaved into something remarkable. Although they have a humble origin, useful components are incorporated into the patchwork by the highest skilled weavers.
One thing that will strike and impress you about these rugs is their rich variety of colors. They boast of this color explosion because the synthetic fibers used in making them feature bolder and brighter colors. The patterns that grace every rug we offer are also free form in nature, allowing a single rug to have evolving color pallets and shapes that appear, reappear and fade all at once.