It was the modernist architects of the 1930s who were the first Europeans to discover the rugs of the Berber women of the Atlas mountains in Morocco. Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, and in the States Frank Lloyd Wright, all used these rugs regularly in their interiors. They found that these rugs’ unusual combination of minimalism and hand made detail, restraint and inventiveness worked well with Modernism’s aesthetics by echoing the abstract geometry of the architecture. At the same time, the luxurious softness of the deep, wool pile counterbalanced the austerity of the architectural style and brought instant character and comfort to the interiors.
For these reasons Berber rugs, and specifically those of the Beni Ourain tribe, are just as popular today. We love their simplicity but luxurious warmth. For this reason we have commissioned one of our Indian workshops to make these simple, hand-made rugs with diamond-lattice designs inspired by their Moroccan counterparts. The softest wool has been used, and the design picked out in relief by leaving the rug only partly piled. We are very pleased with the result!