The Hidden Tribe
Category: Bouja’ad 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 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, orange, pink, yellow, and black.
Material: Berber Velvet and Wool.
- Outlining the carpet: Male elements: straight lines suggesting protection of the female elements taking center stage.
- On the middle, the big diamond (female element synonym of women’s uterus and fertility) is made of little diamonds and hatched lines. The hatched lines are male elements symbolizing man’s virility.
- To the four corners of the carpet we can see the procreation sign: two equal triangles attached to each other by a a chain of diamonds. The two triangles represent the man and the women during the procreation process.
- The rectangle bordered by the procreation signs is a representation of the new born.