The Hidden Tribe
Weaving Method: In order to make a Hanbel, the weaver has to use the falt-weaving for the background and the knotted 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: Purple, White, Orange and Red.
Material: Berber Wool.
- The Zemmouria is known for its successive horizontal bands, and from time to time an addition of vertical bands here and there.
- The symbology is very standard and rarely deviate from the norm: Diamonds, X symbol, Camel foot print represents the woman's fertility and womb, while zigzags, ladders, straight lines represent the man's virility and protection.
- Knot style: Symmetric
- Fringe: Thin and stopped by a simple knot
- Material: Berber Wool
- Wrap: Red
- Weft: Purple.
- Pile Knotted Decorations: White and Orange.
- Bottom end: Finished by a horizontal red thread (chevron style).
- Top end: Finished by an assemblage of threads into red braided fringes and a horizontal white thread (chevron style).
- Decor ideas: This is piece can be used as a rug or a wall art, it won't be suitable for a sofa cover.
Care and Cleaning:
The kind of rug (Flat-weave, Knotted…etc)
The foot traffic
The rugs placement (Floor, sofa, or wall)