Name of Pattern Moroccan Rugs Link to Pattern www.mycraftwork.com/handmade-rugs.html What was your inspiration? The Moroccan rug families can be assimilated into four major categories based on their origin and the weaving/piling techniques used to make them: The Kilim familiy: This is probably the oldest Tribal Rug Class in the world. Some historians believe that their origin could be traced as far back as the 6th century B.C. This type of flat woven tapestry has spread across North Africa as nomadic tribes developed their textile skills to adjust to the harsh Sahara desert life. For information on how to decorate your space with a Kilim rug, please click here. The Glaoui family: These Moroccan rugs originate from the Atlas Mountains and use a combination of flat weaving and piling techniques. The wool and dyes used to make this type of rugs are all-natural and the design itself consists of a combination of separately piled patterns, brought together to form the final piece. These rugs can be very colorful. The Royal family: This is the most prestigious rug available in Morocco. Some even compare it to its Iranian cousin: The Persian Rug. Introduced by the Gharnatis, who were expelled from Andalusia in the 15th century, the Royal Rug is identified by its wide ornate border around a free central field containing medallions and grain motifs. The execution and selection of colors are carried out with particular care to produce an intricate and beautifully finished masterpiece. The Antique family: When applied to Moroccan tapestry, the term "Antique" describes more than just the passage of time. Antique Moroccan rugs are masterpieces that were made before the 1950's with the best quality hand-spun wool and vegetable dyes. The oldest existing Antique Rugs can be dated as far back as the 17th century during the rule of the Saadi Dynasty in Morocco and sell for $10,000 or more. Appreciating in value while remaining a multifaceted piece, Antique Moroccan Rugs are considered to be investments that could accrue over many generations. The collectors of such unique pieces value their historical importance and they consider their Antique Rugs as a bridge to Morocco's abundantly rich past.