Moroccan shag rugs have a rich, complex history spanning thousands of years.
The area we now know as Morocco is beautifully diverse in climate, from the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains to the bone dry plains of the Sahara. This incredible landscape inspired great artistry and practicality among the semi-nomadic Berber tribes throughout the region.
While exact weaving techniques and styles varied among Berber tribes, the thick pile weavings popular among the Beni Ourain tribes have been inspiring shag rug designs in the west for decades. These thick pile weavings were originally used as not only rugs but also as seating, mattresses, and blankets. And while they were created primarily for their utility, they were also works of art. Colors, patterns, and symbols were woven into the rugs to tell the stories of the weavers and their families.
In the West, Moroccan rugs became popular in the 1930s when designers fell in love with their lush piles and elegant geometric patterns, which contrasted with the austere minimalism of the time. Many stars and designers were fans of Moroccan shag rugs, including Frank Lloyd Wright, who traveled back to Morocco many times to collect more.
While Beni Ourain rugs are often loved for their neutral shades, many tribes used rich, saturated colors. Just like their symbols and patterns, these colors represented events and ideas.
Shag rugs already have a visually appealing texture. Moroccan geometric patterns play beautifully with this texture, giving these rugs gorgeous dimension. The elegant simplicity of these geometric designs adds aesthetic complexity without visual clutter.
Moroccan shag rugs have a shabby-chic vibe that's pulled together yet unpretentious. That thick pile is ultra-comfy, while nature-inspired hues and patterns inspire harmony, mindfulness, and a return to the simple.
So, they're perfect for any room you'd like to make cozier"?use a large Moroccan shag area rug to transform a bedroom, library, or office into a haven. Or, use one to distinguish a conversation area in a large living room, adding intimacy and warmth to your open space.
How To Care For Your Moroccan Shag Rug
Your Moroccan shag area rug will need a little extra TLC. That thick pile isn't suited for ordinary vacuums, which can yank and get stuck on the carpet's long fibers, causing ugly damage. Here are a few quick tips:
Shaggy Moroccan rugs are not recommended for high traffic areas where kids or pets may cause messes. Well-made synthetic and wool shag rugs have some natural degree of stain-resistance, so with proper care, you'll be able to love your shag rug for years to come. But, it's best to keep them in areas that are unlikely to be seriously soiled.
To keep your Moroccan shag rug its cleanest and fluffiest, periodically take it outside and give it a good shake. If it's too heavy, hang it over a line and beat it with a broom handle or stick.
For more serious cleaning, your best bet is to take it to the pros. A quality carpet cleaning service will be equipped to take good care of your shag rug.
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