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  • Amġar
  • Amġar

The Hidden Tribe



2.36m 1.40m


Meaning: Chief

Category: Zayane Rug

Weaving Method: In order to to make a Hanbel, the weaver has to use the falt-weaving for the background and the knotted 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: Yellow, green, pink, and purple.

Material: Berber wool and cotton. 


  • The weaver ,in this case, used the in-relief technique for the male elements: The yellow motifs (ladders) are made so to surround all the female stripes giving the impression of three dimensional protection and a certain coziness and warmth.
  • The female stripes are made of diamonds (female element synonym of women’s uterus and fertility) and hatched lines. The hatched lines are male elements symbolizing  man’s virility.
  • The entire carpet is decorated with sequins, which are known in the Amazigh cultural to reflect the evil eye back to whoever wishes the couple harm.
  • Knot style: Symmetric 
  • Wool velvet: Yellow
  • Fringe: Thick, plaited and stopped by a simple knot
  • Material: Berber Wool
  • Wrap: Yellow
  • Weft: Yellow
  • Pile Knotted Decorations: Red, Green, White, Pink and Purple.
  • Bottom end: Finished by an assemblage of threads into little braided fringes and a horizontal white thread.
  • Top end: Finished by an assemblage of threads into braided fringes and a horizontal white thread. 
  • 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.

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.

Dimensions:  2.36m 1.40m 



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