3 ethnic carpets, 3 tribes to discover

3 ethnic carpets, 3 tribes to discover

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In the summer decoration saga, the time has come for handmade rugs from elsewhere. Because they come from a specific ethnic know-how, each has a name, which is also very precise. A quick overview of three of them taking us to three separate destinations, in the form of identity cards.

The boucherouite carpet

Where is he from ? Also known as the "boucharouette" carpet, the boucherouite carpet comes from Morocco, and more specifically from some of its rural tribes in which there is a strong interbreeding between the Berber and African culture due to the ancestral use of caravan. How is it made? It is the Berber women who weave these very ecological carpets since they use recycled fabrics, rags, nylon scraps and others. What is special about it? Apart from the materials used, the other specificity of these rugs concerns their repeating diamond patterns. A custom as old as the world (this Berber art dates back to the Paleolithic era), which, therefore, refers to the signs and symbols of prehistory.

The kilim carpet

Where is he from ? Kilim is an appellation of Turkish origin or "gelim", which can also be written "klim" or "kélim". It is mainly in the Near East, the Caucasus and Central Asia that this type of carpet is made. How is it made? The kilim rug has the distinction of being made from wool and using the flat stitch technique. Made for over 10,000 years, as many vestiges have shown, this traditional carpet is woven by hand by tribes, mainly established in Anatolia and in certain regions of Iran. What is special about it? If the kilim rug aims to represent the memory and identity of their ancestors, whether sedentary, nomadic or semi-nomadic, it is not always imprinted with the same colors and the same style. This one will be sober and refined for some, garnished and colored for others. It all depends on the village and the people of origin! As for the motives, these tend to evoke a form of symbolic writing, considered as a heritage of ancestral shamanist beliefs.

The bakhtiar carpet

Where is he from ? The bakhtiar carpet comes from Iran. More particularly from the Zagros mountains, west of Isfahan. Where a nomadic tribe of the same name lives. How is it made? The manufacture of this carpet is atypical since after its design based on solid wool, it is beaten with strength so as to gain in thickness, solidity and durability, thus entering the Best Of Persian carpets. What is special about it? Another character trait of this carpet: the patterns! Divided into boxes inside which prints of plants and animals are sewn, it represents the traditional Persian garden ... or even the trees of life attached to the local culture. Small slideshow of ethnic carpets stemming from a well-kept ancestral art. Our practical oriental decoration videos