Berber carpets are once again more than hip and make every home more beautiful - from A to B, from the Atlas to Berlin. The Berber has become known above all through a prominent representative: the classic black and white Beni Ourain with its diamond pattern. In addition to the Beni Ourain (also written Beni Ouarain), the Berber carpet family also includes many other types. These include carpets with both comparable and completely different patterns, whereby basic geometric shapes and especially diamonds are recurring elements. Also the color of a Berber carpet can be very different. Beyond the colors typical of a Beni Ourain (gray, beige, black and white), Berber rugs shine in their variety in shades of orange and red, from brown to blue. What connects all knotted Berber carpets is their high pile. This makes the Berber carpet a really cuddly companion. A Must-Have for every living room. And even as bath rugs Berber are applicable. Because of their fluffy nature, Berber rugs are also very far ahead in the children's rug category. So what do you want more than a Berber?
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Berber rugs are made according to traditional craftsmanship. Berbers are made exclusively, i.e. 100%, of sheep's wool. The history of Berber rugs goes back a long way and can be told regionally. Berbers are knotted (formerly woven) rugs from the Maghreb, i.e. the North African countries of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. The major part of today's production of Berber rugs comes from Morocco. The term Berber dates back to Roman times. People who did not speak Latin were called barbari (barbarians). The word was sometimes considered an insult. Derived from this, something can be said about the origin of Berber rugs. rugs of this kind are not fine palace rugs. They have their origin much more in nomadic areas in the nature of the Middle and High Atlas, such as the province of Azilal. Traditionally, these rugs were made for personal use. Berbers were used in the past not only decoratively, but also functionally. They were used to seal and decorate the tents of the nomads. Due to their long pile, Berbers also make an excellent sleeping pad inside a temporary dwelling or in nature. But it is not only the useful properties of a Berber rug that make it so attractive, but also its special appearance. Berber rugs are predominantly monochrome (mainly white / beige) or lightly patterned. Geometric ornaments adorn the patterns of Berber rugs. Synonymous in Europe with the Berber is the thick, plain-coloured, wool-white rug that is known everywhere. Basically, there are two types of articles in the Berber rug category: on the one hand, this white wool rug, Beni Ourain or Beni Ouarain, which is the classic image of a Berber. These rugs are often made to order in any desired size in the factories of Rabat, Morocco. Moroccan items in this style do not have to be natural white alone. Beige, brown, grey and black are classic colour combinations. In contrast, there is the other patterned Berber rug, which is often more colourful. Such a rug is part of the nomadic peasant tradition. Berbers of this type are usually in bridge format, which generally describes small-format rugs. The name can be associated with the idea that such rug sizes can be used to "bridge", in the metaphorical sense of the word, the open spaces that arise when combining large-format rugs. Traditional Berbers often trace their origins to the homemaking skills of the women of the mountain villages in the Middle Atlas and High Atlas, in areas such as Azilal, who hand-knotted these rugs from virgin wool. The characteristics of a Berber are closely linked to its origin. The regional location is decisive for the designation as a Berber rug. Visually similar rugs produced in India are mistakenly called Berber. These rugs are sometimes even made of cotton instead of 100% sheep's wool.
KNOTTING OF THE BERBER RUGS
The past and present of Berber rugs are closely linked. The village work is not characterised by a high density of knotting. It has a great influence on the characteristics of Berber rugs. This distinguishes them from oriental rugs. Berbers are thicker, softer and also heavier. In terms of construction, Berbers are essentially worked in geometric knots. The same is true of the manufacture rugs, which are knotted in 15/15 (corresponds to 22,500 knots per square metre and is rather simply worked), 18/18 (corresponds to 32,400 knots per square metre), 20/20 (corresponds to 40,000 knots per square metre) to 30/30 (corresponds to 60,000 knots per square metre and is rather finely worked). A distinction is also made between how the knotting thread is laid, simple (single with two pile tips), double (double with four pile tips) or triple (triple with six pile tips). The more knotted threads, the less the Berber rug tends to become matted. A Berber with three knotted threads (tripple), however, is rather rare. The knot density of a Berber rug is therefore relatively low compared to an Oriental rug. But the attraction of a Berber, at least for rural rugs, lies in its originality and imaginative pattern design. Old Berbers are highly valued collector's items and therefore absolute highlights in a living room in Berlin. With a Berber rug, worlds and times can be connected. Modern art also seems to have been influenced by these creative rugs. Particularly noteworthy here are the Boujads, which derive their origin from the name of the city of Boujad in Morocco. The artistic works of great artists such as Mark Rothko, Paul Klee or Henri Matisse seem to have found inspiration in the colours (from red, brown, orange to beige, grey and black) and patterns of traditional Berber rugs.
WHAT MAKES THE BERBER RUGS FROM THE KNOTS SPECIAL?
THE KNOTS, the rug label from Berlin, offers two types of Berber rugs in its shop: nomadic vintage Berbers and newly made Berbers. The vintage Berbers are mainly from the 50s and 60s and were made in different regions in Morocco. All our vintage pieces are 100% unique. No two rugs are alike. From the famous Beni Ourain to Zaian, Zemmour, Beni Mguild or Beni Mrirt, our collection offers a great variety of Moroccan rug art in different colours and sizes. The vintage Berber rugs were made for the own use of the respective nomadic tribes and were brought to the trade after years and finally landed with us in Berlin. They have been carefully cleaned. The newly made Berber rugs come from a small manufactory near Marrakech, Morocco. There is a close contact between THE KNOTS Berlin and the factory. On site, the Berbers are made according to traditional craftsmanship. Since they are handmade, no two pieces are 100% alike. The new Berber rugs are available in the sizes 240 x 170 cm, 200 x 150 cm and as runners in 250 x 80 cm. We can also order a special custom size from Berlin and have it made. THE KNOTS connects. THE KNOTS links the past and present of rug art. With both vintage and new Berber rugs in our shop, THE KNOTS offers the right rug for everyone.
HOW DO YOU COMBINE A BERBER RUG?
Real Berber rugs from Morocco have a very special natural charm. Their timeless designs and 100% sheep's wool quality make them a wonderful accessory for any home. In intense colours like red, orange, pink or blue, they become the eye-catcher of a room and look like a work of art on the floor. In subtle tones like grey, beige or brown, they blend into the existing design of a room and make it complete. In its original look without the addition of new colours, the rugs naturally have a retro or shabby chic look and act as a traditional element. Whether in the dining room, bedroom or living room, hallway or children's room - the style of the rug fits in every room. On different floor coverings, Berber rugs develop different effects. On modern concrete floors, richly coloured rugs in colours ranging from red to blue can stand out beautifully. Alternatively, items in beige, brown, grey or black elegantly match such coverings. Berber rugs also look their best on warm wooden floors in bedrooms or living rooms. Even the combination with tiles in bathrooms is modern and can create an unusual look. Berbers also work well as bath rugs because they are wonderfully soft. And even the little ones are happy to have a rug in the children's room. With its soft and fluffy structure, the Berber is one of the perfect children's rugs and is invariably well received by the little ones. The rug trends 2019 undoubtedly include the furnishing of various living spaces with rugs. The classic is a runner in front of the bed in the bedroom or a Beni Ourain Berber rug that lies rectangularly in front of the sofa in the living room. The combination with furniture pieces also allows for a lot of design freedom and makes a Berber rug a great furnishing item. Different sizes, rectangular, square or runner or bridge format can be combined in a large room. A Berber rug in the desired size can be the missing piece of the puzzle in terms of style and cosiness in the living room. In addition, different types of rugs can be brought together. THE KNOTS also offers an extensive selection in the kilim or vintage rug category. Our durable rugs offer the appropriate quality for this and can be used in a variety of ways. Our rugs also look special in combination with our accessories such as cushions or blankets.
HOW TO CLEAN A BERBER RUG?
A Berber rug is very durable and long lasting - just like its history. However, over a long period of time, any rug will naturally become soiled. If the rug lies in the children's room, soiling is almost inevitable. Below you will find information on how to care for our products. The long pile in a Berber rug ensures that dust and dirt can settle. Over the years, the rugs are exposed to natural wear and tear, for example, if they are used in frequently used rooms, such as living rooms or dining rooms. As an alternative to professional rug care, there are a few precautions and home remedies that can be used to support the longevity of rugs. The maintenance routine includes vacuuming and beating out. Beating out a rug is the best way to get rid of stubborn dust and is especially recommended for long pile Berbers. For Berber rugs, beating out is a proven technique. A runner is easy to beat out because of its size. The prerequisite is that one has the possibility to hang the respective rug outdoors. There, the rug can be thoroughly beaten out with a rug beater. Vacuuming and/or rug beating should be done regularly to maintain the good condition of Berber rugs for a long time. In addition, table salt can be used for cleaning. This is distributed moistened on the entire rug and after a reaction time of a few hours again sucked off. Before using this method of rug cleaning, the resistance of the colors on the rug should be tested in a hidden place, for example on the back. In addition, the following home remedies are recommended for special stains: red wine stains, for example, prove to be particularly annoying on the surface of a Beni Ourain in white, beige or gray. Such stains in the rug can be treated with salt. Put salt on the stain, moisten it with a little water (if the stain has already dried) and rub it from the outside to the inside (not vice versa!). When everything is dry, you can vacuum the salt off the rug. Alternatively, you can try to remove the stain on the Berber rug with white wine. The best way to get rid of chocolate stains is to let them solidify with the help of ice cubes. Then you can rub them off. Coffee stains on a rug can be cleaned with little effort by adding mineral water or baking soda to the stain. To do this, moisten the baking soda, wait for a while, and vacuum when everything has dried. Also, simple glass cleaner or classic bile soap often works as an all-purpose stain remover for the rugs. If all else fails, try this before having the rug professionally cleaned. Feel free to contact THE KNOTS with any specific questions.
SHIPPING OF BERBER RUGS
In nomadic rug tradition, each Berber rug from THE KNOTS goes through its own travel journey - first from its place of origin in Morocco to Germany, for example from Azilal to Berlin. To bring the rug then to its new home, the further shipping of the rugs from Berlin within Germany is free of charge - whether Berber, Kilim or vintage rug. The rugs are packed in a cardboard box of appropriate size for runners or wider pieces. We attach special importance to the fact that our rug delivery arrives safely, undamaged and environmentally friendly. It takes about 5-7 days for the rugs to be shipped after contact. Every Berber rug order is subject to free return shipping within 14 days to our return address in Berlin.