Morroccan Rugs by Colour

Shop Moroccan Rugs by Colour

Handmade, authentic Moroccan rugs often heavily feature the natural, cream colour of the wool, but other colours also play a large role in the unique designs and in the growing popularity of these rugs around the world. Weavers incorporate colour in their design similar to the way they use Berber symbols, to tell their story and reflect life experiences, religious beliefs and their appreciation of the surrounding natural scenes. Blue for example symbolises protection from evil, red is for strength, pink is for fertility, green is for peace and yellow for eternity, like the sun.  The Moroccan rug colour is often a deciding factor when people are trying to choose the perfect rug for their space. Therefore, we have grouped the rugs into two main colour categories: Neutral and Colourful. Within each category you will also find more collections of specific colours. Happy shopping! 

If you have questions, need help picking the right rug for your space, or you find a rug you need in a different colour just email us at [email protected] and we can work with you to find one that fits your needs or have one custom made for you. Happy shopping!

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Morocco is a country full of natural wonders and culture with a long and storied history. Many of the plants and minerals there provide pigments that the Moroccan people have spent centuries perfecting using as dyes. From saffron for yellow, wild mint for green, pomegranate for yellow, henna for orange, poppies for red and more, the variety is vast. This skill put them on the map and people from all over the world wanted items made with materials dyed in Morocco. 

Moroccan rug colours have always run the gamut from crisp whites to deep blues, vibrant greens, bold pinks and saturated blacks. For many years the more traditional, neutral Moroccan rugs featuring classic diamond and zigzag motifs were the most popular, like our Beni Ourain Rug – Carre, making appearances in high end hotels, interiors from prestigious designers and in many celebrity homes. Today the bold and brightly coloured rugs are making their way to the forefront of interior design. A perfect example is the uniquely Moroccan upcycled, shaggy Boucherouite rugs hand-knotted using strips of wool, cotton and other discarded clothes hence their often bright, multicoloured designs like our Bonbon rug.

When choosing the colours to use in a Beni Ourain rug or Kilim rug design the weaver can choose based on look, but each colour is also deeply rooted in the symbolism of Islam and the culture of the various regions of Morocco. In Berber communities the colours used have different meanings; the blue symbolizes the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean; the green represents nature and the green mountains; the yellow represents the ‘Free People’, the Amazigh; the red is the color of life, and also the color of resistance. The colour choice is therefore often influenced by the story the weaver is telling with her design. This adds a beautiful depth to each piece that you do not get with more generic, synthetic, machine made rugs.   

The variety of colours used and the way they are combined to create intricate, beautiful designs plays a major role in the growing popularity of handmade Moroccan rugs around the world. This is a trend that is worth jumping on. Wool Moroccan rugs are durable, stain resistant and fire resistant and they are easier to care for than people think. Visit our Rug Care guide to learn about how to care for your rug and enjoy it for years to come. 

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