A traditional handmade rug offers style and comfort
A good floor covering can make or break a room, and a traditional Berber rug will help you to create a warm, cosy and inviting space.
When it comes to interior design, accessories and soft furnishings can really make or break a room, and a good quality rug or carpet will add texture and visual interest, helping your room to really pop. But don’t just go for any old rug. When the temperatures drop outside, a traditional Berber rug is just what you need to create a warm, cosy and inviting space.
A traditional art
The Berber rug originally comes from Morocco which has a long history of weaving some of the most beautiful and striking rugs in the world. The name comes from the Berber tribe who settled in Morocco in the eighth century, and the rugs themselves are traditionally woven by the women of the tribe, using a distinctive hand-tied technique and wool from the sheep which are native to the Atlas Mountains. You may also hear Berber rugs referred to as Beni Ourain rugs, which is the name of a particular group within the Berber tribe.
In recent decades, the Berber style has been adopted by western carpet producers, and synthetic Berber rugs are now mass produced. But while these may be cheaper than the handmade woollen versions, they are far inferior in terms of softness, durability, and comfort. To really get the most from your Berber rug you need to make sure you go for the real deal.
The handmade nature of a Berber rug, which has flecks of colour spread randomly throughout the carpet, means that you can enjoy a rug with a unique design and finish. The flecked appearance also enables your Berber rug to fit in seamlessly with any interior design style or colour scheme – it’s a very versatile piece of home furnishing.
Warmth and comfort
Berber rugs and carpets are made from sheep’s wool, giving them a soft, warm finish that will help to keep your feet nice and toasty on cold winter days. The hand looped production method also provides a cushioned effect under feet, making it the perfect choice if you’re looking to add a bit of luxury and comfort to your floors.
Another great advantage of Berber rugs is that they are incredibly hardwearing and offer a good level of durability – thanks largely to their looped design, which generally gives a stronger finish than cut carpets. A Berber rug also has the benefit of being spill and stain resistant, with the tight weave making it difficult for substances to penetrate the fabric. If looked after properly, a real Berber rug can last a long time, making it a wise and cost-effective investment.
Perfect finishing touch
Any expert in interior design will tell you that texture is an essential addition to any room, as it brings visual weight and interest, and prevents a décor scheme from looking too ‘flat’. Rugs and carpets offer an easy way to introduce texture and the soft, rustic finish of a Berber rug helps to create a warm, inviting atmosphere, which is ideal for a cosy winter hideaway.
However, a Berber rug is not just for the colder months. With its unique finish, durability and versatility, a traditional Berber rug will add the perfect finishing touch to your home all year round.