Carpet Style: Berber Carpets 


 

The original Berber Carpet are carpets hand-woven by the Berber autochthones in North Africa and the Sahara. Also known as Amazighs, are an ethnic group of several nations indigenous mainly to North Africa. The carpets come in traditional and modern designs, which are distinguished by different knotting patterns and fabric textures.

The original method of carpet weaving by the Berber populations dates back hundreds of years. They created hand spun cloth which was named for each individual tribe. Natural fibres were used to create gowns, rugs and other fabrics.

Modern day commercial Berber carpets are identified by a loop pile construction which looks similar or gives a similar resemblance to the distinct knot of the traditionally hand woven Berber carpets. Today's Berber carpets generally contain tiny flecks of a darker colour against a lighter shade of background colour which resembles the traditional undyed yarn. A Berber carpet usually consists of a plain mix of colours with no pattern. Berber carpets usually prove to be hard wearing yet cost effective as they tend to be cheaper than other types of carpet. They are popular in areas of heavy traffic such as offices. 

Handmade Berber carpets are still an active industry today in various rural areas of Berber countries. A lot of Berber families only source of income is from making handmade carpets and selling them in local markets to tourists and traders.

Traditional Berber carpets are different is style from today's mass-produced Berber carpets. They often employ cultural designs and are typically made of natural materials.

Today, there are multiple types of modern Berber carpets made from a variety of different materials, including wool, Polypropylene and Nylon. Wool tends to be the more popular choice with the modern Berber carpet.

Berber carpet is highly durable and is often found in offices, schools, and other high traffic areas. It is stain resistant as well, and is generally more affordable than thicker plush carpets.

No matter what your current colour scheme or design is there will be a Berber carpet to suit, available in an abundance of enchanting designs and textures, this floor covering will without a doubt include a top notch feel and an appearance to match any home.

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