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Taking Moroccan rugs outside: Dare or scare?

Moroccan rugs are known for their distinct beauty, but also for their extreme durability. Handwoven with natural wool, these tribal treasures are designed to last a lifetime.

As much as we love seeing our rugs indoors, we also love seeing them outdoors. Moroccan rugs are built withstand the elements and were frequently used as outdoor rugs by Berber and nomadic tribes.

In the Atlas Mountains…

The rug weaving tradition is centuries old and grew out of the need to keep warm during the harsh snowy winters. Thick-piled woolen rugs were made by tribal women in the mountains, using the wool shorn from their sheep. These rugs served as floor coverings but also as thick blankets during the winter.

However, in the summer, the same rugs would be taken outside, hand washed and airdried to be used in sitting areas and to mark the path to important events and festivities.

In the Sahara desert…

The extremely hot temperatures gave birth to a tradition of rug weaving. Light flat-woven rugs and mats were made to provide protection from the hot sand and comfort underfoot.

Whether it is the rocky Agafay desert on the outskirts of Marrakech or the sandy desert further south, you’d always be welcomed to any Berber camp with makeshift paths of old rugs laid over sand to keep your feet off the heat and to lead you to the meal prepared awaiting your arrival or perhaps the celebration you will be attending.

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Image via Camp Adounia, Sahara Desert

Today…

Long, relaxing evenings outdoors are almost an art form in Morocco and rugs are typically used to make any outdoor seating area more comfortable and more elegant. They are a great way to enhance outdoor spaces such as patios, lawns or balconies, so if you love dining al-fresco during the warm months, add color and comfort beneath your feet with a one-of-a-kind Moroccan rug. These unique pieces blend with a variety of décor styles, while adding visual interest and patterns to any space.

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If you want the full Moroccan ambience, add a few complementary design elements, along with lush plants and fluffy floor cushions. We love large handmade Moroccan candles that light up a space and fill it with scents of orange or rose blossoms and fresh figs. Don't be afraid to mix and match different colors, patterns and textures to create your own dreamy oasis!

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Outdoor Moroccan rugs: Dare or scare? Get in touch and we’ll help you find the perfect match!

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