The Hidden Tribe
Introduction: This vintage piece is a testament to the Ben M’Guild 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 joyful wonder 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.
- Origin: Ben M’Guild Rug.
- Dimension: 2.62x1.61cm
- 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 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: Blue, White, Black.
- Decoration and Symbology: We call this one the checkers. Not only because of the decorative similarities, but also because the symbology is a real game changer. There is of course the traditional presence of a field surrounded by a frame (Male elements protection a field of female elements).
- Knot style: Symmetric
- Wool velvet: Orange
- Fringe: Thick, plaited and stopped by a simple knot
- Material: Berber Wool
- Wrap: Salmon
- Weft: Burgundy
- Pile Knotted Decorations: Phosphorescent pale green, yellow, burgundy, white, black, in addition to sequins.
- Bottom end: stopped by a horizontal black braid (chevron effect)
- Top end: Finished by an assemblage of threads into braided fringes and a horizontal black thread (chevron style).
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