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The Hidden Tribe



1.45m X 0.95m


Meaning: The Bright

Introduction: This vintage piece is a testament to the Zayane weaving style. A very intricate design full of local elements and berber symbology. Most of the Hanbels are heavy pieces and it’s very rare to stumble upon a small one. This traditional- almost christmasy- piece can go on a wall to lighten up the mood of a room, over a couch, or as a statement piece for a hallway entrance.It’s design is perfect for people looking for symmetrical pieces for their space.

  • Origin:  Zayane Rug.
  • Dimension: 0.90 1.60 (fringes included)
  • Weaving Method: In order to make a Hanbel, the weaver has to use the flat-weaving for the field and the knotted-weaving for the decorative symbols.

Flat Weave

Flat weave involves strands of weft yarn laced in and out of the warp threads and beaten down to make a close, even textile. This technique was widely used for the rugs of the hot lowland and desert areas of Morocco. There are no knots, so flat-weave rugs lay thinner than pile carpet but may feature very intricate designs. Stripes and chevrons are common designs, but fine weavers create rugs that almost resemble tapestries in their complexity. The patterns can be varied with the addition of knotted or embroidered sections, and colors range from vivid hues to undyed natural whites, off-whites, grays, browns and blacks.

  • Colors: Red, Green, White, and Black
  • Decoration and Symbology:  This is a mirror rug, the same motifs repeat themselves to the right and left of the middle band. One of our favorite symbols , The……, takes over the top and bottom bands. Very common to the Zayane region, rarely found outside of this area. Moving toward the middle 
  • Knot style: Symmetric 
  • Wool velvet: Orange
  • Fringe: Thick, plaited and stopped by a simple knot
  • Material: Berber Wool
  • Wrap: Red
  • Weft: Red
  • Pile Knotted Decorations: Red, Green, White, and Black
  • Bottom end: Finished by an assemblage of threads into braided fringes and a horizontal black thread (chevron style).
  • Top end: Finished by an assemblage of threads into braided fringes and a horizontal black thread (chevron style). 
  • Decor ideas: This is what we call a "Conversation Piece", it can be used as a rug as well as a wall art. The sequins will reflect the light from those candles during a romantic dinner and the color splash adds an eclectic and classy feel to any space.
  • Dimensions: 1.45m X 0.95m , 4'7" X 3'


Care and Cleaning:

Buying a rug is similar to buying an old vintage bottle of wine, both need a certain care in order to withstand time and surrounding conditions. Contrary to what most people think, foot traffic doesn’t mess berber carpets, it actually gives them a beautiful vintage look over the years. What can damage the carpet's fibers over time is the dust brought in by the foot traffic. 
We get asked a lot this question by our clients. The answer isn’t simple since every rug is different and the caring process will depend on several factors such as:
  • The kind of rug (Flat-weave, Knotted…etc)
  • The foot traffic
  • The rugs placement (Floor, sofa, or wall) 
Vacuuming a rug is the best way to go for the majority of rugs, preferably once a week and once a year or every three years we recommend to have the rug professionally washed.
The Hanbel (falt-weave) can also be vacuumed as long as it doesn’t have sequins, if it does you want to take it outside and shake it.
This blog has very specific and accurate instructions on how to clean and vacuum your wool rug, it’s worth your time in order to assure the longevity of your conversation piece.

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