Talsint Rug : The Famous Berber Rug
Ait Bou Ichaouen rugs more known as Talsint rugs belong to the tribes of Aït Hamou Ousad, Aït Hadou Belahsen, Belboul, Aït Saïd Oulahsen, Aït Ali Ousaid and of El Bour. Talsint is the biggest town in the area where these are woven, close to the Algerian border, in north east Morocco. Their artwork was not discovered by the outside world until 1990‘s. The women from Talsint use bold, striking colours and tribal motifs, which reflect an older North-African weaving tradition.
Talsint is a rural municipality of the Figuig province. In this region, the winters are very cold and snowy and overall, the year in the mountainous area, the climate is cold and humid so the Talsint rug are often shaggy with an incredible quality of natural wool base and flatweave edge. Today, it’s become extremely rare and difficult to find a vintage piece from this Berber tribe. The weaver acquired and developed her skills and techniques with time, patience and effort. This practice combined with the intuition of the weaver she had in the 70’s / 80’s cannot be compared to a newly made rug. Every Berber tribe has a different style of design, colors and tribal patterns. All tiny details are unique and tell a story. It’s very common to find the symbol of the ‘saw’ in the Talsint rugs. It’s a symbol of metalworkers as the Berbers think that the metal keeps the negative energy away.
Talsint Berber Rug Symbole
The carpet motifs of the Berbers have antecedents in the signs we found in rock art and mobiliary art from the European Ice Age and in Neolithic evidence from the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean area. When and how the transfer took place remains hidden in the mists of prehistory.
Berber carpets from the High Atlas and the Atlantic plains were at that time under the influence of urban carpets from Rabat and Mediouna which embodied wealth and prestige. This could lead to enrichment, but also to some alteration of original Berber motifs. Carpets from the Middle Atlas, like the Ait Bou Ichaouen rugs, however, remained largely free from outside influence.
What has distinguished it through all the ages is the creativity and authenticity of the Moroccan rugs.
Talsint Rug with high quality material
The sheep wool is known for its resistant structure by producing resilient fibers that retain the shape after stretching or washing. This material has many advantages: it provides warmth, brings softness for your interior, absorbs moisture and is very resistant to time. With all these features, Moroccan rugs are known as very durable rugs.