Beni Mguild central Middle Atlas

Tazerbit is the regional name for multicoloured rugs from the central Middle Atlas, which were very carefully produced with an extraordinary amount of effort. As a result, they were considered a type of “prestige rug” with richly detailed patterns, unlike the simple, often unicoloured, sleeping rugs that were used as everyday objects.

Typical characteristics for Beni Mguild rugs are the brownish-violet ground colour, a significantly high percentage of dark indigo blue in old pieces made before 1950, and a design that looks like an enlarged geometric-abstract design from the region’s flat-weaves. These rare rugs were used at regional festivals or family celebrations and were usually placed pile down on a straw mat. As a result, in some comparatively old pieces the pile might be in good condition while the back reveals noticeably shiny patina from use. In 1991, Wilfried Stanzer mentioned in “Berber” that pieces with a striking central divider bar could especially be found in the sub-group of Ait Abdi rugs.

The low-cut, relief-like design is done in the style of the neighbouring Zaytan, breaking through the artistic abrash surface in a soft, surprising, playful, yet ever-precise way. This creates the seemingly three-dimensional depth, which additionally accentuates and dramatically exaggerates the voluminous body of the rug. The piece is one of the oldest of its kind.

Property of: Gebhart Blazek, Graz
Size: 300 x 190 cm
Age: approx. 1920/30
Condition: very good
Basic weave: wool
Warp: wool