But the carpets from down here, from the warm climate of Northern Africa, are more lightweight and flat-woven. And, in general, not very dense or oily at all. I still want them in my kitchen. I want them in my hallways, my bedrooms, my studio, everywhere. I can’t even make myself roll them up and hide in a chest in the summer. This would of course be one thing in countries like Sweden, where the custom is to take your shoes off when you enter a house. But here no one never ever does - and here we have polvo, dust. Mucho polvo. And here vacuum cleaners are rare. What does one do?
- Turn them upside down for a couple of weeks. Walk over them. A lot. All the dust and sand will end up on the floor underneath.
- Take them outside. Hose them off with water.
- Let them dry in the warm sun.
- Sometimes little sisters know just as much as big brothers. If not more.
Types of (Moroccan) rugs:
There are knotted, flat-woven, and pile carpets. There are rugs from Afghanistan, from China, from India, Iran, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Caucasus, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and more. The ones from around our strait, the ´Moroccan´ ones, often have geometric designs, and are colored with natural dyes; henna, indigo and saffron. In Morocco in general most major cities have a unique style or design, characteristic that distinguishes their carpets. The coastal capital, Rabat, is famous for carpets woven with floral and diamond-shaped elements, and a fairly bare field. Fes reached its golden age during the thirteenth century, when the city was home to over one hundred dye workers and thousands of artisan embroidery studios located in the city’s medina. From the High Atlas region comes kilims, characterized by lattice work, bands of thick pile, and reversibility - traditional and ancient designs, passed down from weaver to weaver. Many Berber carpets, are woven by the Beni Ourain peoples from the Rif Mountains near Taza. Their colors vary from neutral shades to popping hues, with designs ranging from ordered geometric shapes to a more free-form, expressive pattern.