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The Hidden Tribe


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Meaning: The plains

Category: Vintage Zemmour Hanbel

Weaving Method: Hanbel is made through a flat-weave process whereby the weaver threads the weft back and forth through the wrap until the rug or pillow is finished.

Colors: Red, green, white, and orange.

Material: Wool.


  • Diamond shapes are considered a female element, they represent woman’s womb and a desire for fertility. In this case, they are filled with male elements: hatched lines.
  • Straight lines, hatched lines, zigzags, and ladders are considered male elements. They represent the man’s virility and protection.
  • This rug starts with several bands made of male elements: chevrons, zigzags and straight lines. 
  • Surrounding the three sides of the carpet there is a band made of the protective symbol: the Hamsa otherwise known as the camel’s foot imprint. 
  • Inside the protective frame, there is a diamond’s expansion from the bottom to the top. This is an iconographic metaphor relating the the expansion of the woman’s womb during the pregnancy.
  • The weaver also used the edges and surrounding of the diamonds to draw the famous X symbol: representation of how Berber women used to give birth, Hands up, resting on a wire and open legs to give birth.


Dimensions:  2.50x1.62cm 



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