Tuareg Mat

Close your eyes and imagine yourself being in the heart of a vast Moroccan desert… You breath this unique hot air. You can almost touch the feeling of infinity and freedom. You see in the distance some nomads walking with camels in the soft sands. The tiny grains of sand paint the Sahara like a painting.

In many ways, Tuareg mats are symbols of a real philosophy of life. Made primarily in the early 20th century, when endless caravans migrated through North Africa, the mats were designed to support a now-disappearing nomadic way of life. Before moving to a new location, the Tuareg people rolled up their homes, which were built, covered and furnished with the mats made out of palm, reeds and camel or goat leather.

Tuareg Mats are being sourced in the Sahara Desert and Mauritania, an area of more than one million square kilometers for only four million inhabitants. Dunes and regs of the Sahara spread over two thirds of the territory before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast. A hot and dry desert climate that makes the living conditions difficult in some areas. The desert of Mauritania, like the rest of the Sahara, was at the time of the great caravans a high place of commerce. Slaves, spices, gold, jewels and so many other goods but also a place of exchange ideas and culture.

The Tuareg tribes are nomadic and romantic desert-dwelling warriors. Their lifestyle is reflected in the wisdom of their rare and durable carpets. These very resistant geometric rugs can be used as a cover for tile, wood or stone floors in living areas inside or outside of your home.

Decorated by hand with intricate patterns, the Tuareg carpets are incredibly durable and practical, made for some of the hottest weather in the world. Each Tuareg are individual and vintage. Mauritania is a point of contact between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, making it a multi-ethnic country; it is mainly populated by an Arab and Berber community.

The Tuareg rug features powerful Berber motifs with a long work of weave and it is really viewed more as a work of art than a simple carpet. The sophisticated symbolism will create instantly a stunning ethnic effect. Make one of our Tuareg Mats as a central piece of your decoration. It’s an ideal addition to a master bedroom or winter garden.

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