During the colonial era in America, lobsters were thought to be the insects of the sea. It was documented that prisoners protested the constant diet of the crustacean they were receiving and felt grossly mistreated having to consume it. Fast forward to modern society and lobsters are a pricey luxury, enjoyed by the well-to-do.
Boucherouite rugs had the same story and began similarly as a necessity—peasant fare, making use of what they could for essential living requirements. This was until their aesthetic and originality were recognized internationally by societies wealthy and influential.
Boucherouite Moroccan Rug Guide
Boucherouite Moroccan Rugs began as pieces of old clothing, woven together by Berber women in North Africa. These old rugs were a substitute for wool, which was rare, and the results were colorful, impressive ethnic works, contrasting the poverty in which they were developed.
As time went on, recycled yarn, wool, cotton, and nylon were used, as well as packaging material and the plastic from grain shipping bags. Anything that could be used was produced into a new product.
Boucherouite Moroccan rugs are stitched freestyle, and as a result, the patterns are generally asymmetrical, one of a kind and available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The women who craft them weave the symbols and motifs of their tribes into the design. Boucherouite rugs are still used as its earlier function—to cover up expensive carpets at home during meal times, food preparation, or when children are playing.
Other common uses are as saddles for mules or to keep warm during the colder months. People in the mountains also use this rug to keep their feet warm from the freezing winter.
Nowadays, there is an abundance of western mass-produced knock-offs, but the original versions are still available, with the benefit of helping women whose livelihoods depend on them.
The multitude of bright, eye-catching colors have made the Boucherouite a versatile element in interior design and can be used as a living room centerpiece, hung on the wall as art, or draped on a staircase for warmth. Regardless of how you choose to use it, the effect is bound to be one of bohemian, vintage, and ethnic warmth.
Buying something unique and special warrants careful maintenance, of course, and certain necessary precautions should be taken with Boucherouite rugs. Regular shaking and dusting is the easiest and quickest way to begin.
From there, if washing may be required, cold water will prevent any damage. Aspiration should be avoided where possible, or done professionally to preserve the carpet’s appearance, and sun drying it is optimal.
Buying original and certified Boucherouite rugs is a sure way to enhance the beauty of your home and complement any interior design while supporting the livelihoods of women in Morocco. Unlike lobster, Boucherouite rugs are still used locally to assist people with their basic needs in everyday life but have amassed an international appeal with designers and stylists at the same time.