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Moroccan rugs – Our Latest Baba Souk Collection

Our latest Moroccan rug collection is straight-up dreamy! If you’re new here, let me tell you the story about how I select authentic Moroccan rugs for Baba Souk, it’s very simple: I follow my heart! And yes, this is the exact advice I give my clients when they’re trying to select a Baba Souk rug but hey struggle to pick the one:

“Purchasing a Moroccan rug should be the same process as selecting a piece of art for your home: When your heart flips, you know you’re making the right decision.”

A Moroccan rug is a collectible piece of art and should be purchased based on love at first sight – not practicality. After all, if you take care of your rug properly, you will cherish it for a lifetime.

Moroccan rugs, colorful wool carpets, Baba Souk

Find Your Perfect Match: Moroccan Rugs for different styles

It’s always hard to pick amongst hundreds of rugs but I’ve been working with the same artisans over the years and they now understand our Baba Souk aesthetics. Truth to be told and a lot of people do not believe me but it’s actually very hard to find the cutest rugs when you’re shopping at the regular Moroccan souk market. You need to literally go through hundreds and hundreds of piled-up rugs to find the hidden gems. I used to do that and I still do when I visit Marrakech but nowadays, I have rugs made especially for us to make sure they are on brand.

For this collection, I’ve been super inspired by Modern wool rugs with simple and bold patterns. They’re very cool and reminded me of my art history class when I learned about abstract art and the Color Field Painting movement. Look at this stunning painting by Mark Rothko, Orange, Red, Yellow to see what I mean.

Moroccan rugs, modern wool carpets, Baba Souk

modern Moroccan rugs from Baba Souk

I was also head over heels for a handful of pastel beauties! These are very hard to find with such gorgeous color palettes so if you’re feeling hit by Cupid just like me, don’t hesitate, they’re going to go fast!

Moroccan rugs pink wool gradient Baba Souk

A Moroccan rug is a collectible piece of art

This one is very special! It was love at first sight for me despite the very different – and not my usual – color palette! It’s a piece of art! It immediately made me think of Gustav Klimt’s iconic paintings. I just can’t wait to see this iconic rug in one of your gorgeous living rooms! One of my guilty pleasures is peeking at our clients’ decor. I absolutely love it when you guys kindly send me pictures of your homes!

Moroccan rugs colorful patterns Baba Souk

This is a small rug collection but  we’ve incorporate a few classics! The black dots are always a sure bet and I love their feminine twist on the classic Beni Ourain rug. I also selected a few minimalist rugs with gorgeous wool and engraved patterns if you’re looking for something super cozy with a calmer look.

Moroccan Rugs, White wool with black dots, Beni Ourain, Baba Souk

 

Moroccan rugs, white wool, Beni Ourain, Baba Souk

Recycled Textiles: Cotton Moroccan Rugs
Cotton rugs with cute colors are also (believe it or not) very hard to find! Sometimes, I sense that Moroccan rugs’ color palettes don’t quite hit the mark. The colors sometimes don’t match up. Colors are super subjective so I might be wrong! Anyhow, I’ve been working very hard with artisans to infuse Baba Souk’s color palette in their amazing creations. It’s a challenge! Firstly, because artisans craft the rugs with 100% recycled fabric, even if you find the perfect pink, it might not be available for the next rug. But isn’t it cool that we’re recycling fast fashion waste and creating the cutest rugs with fabric that would otherwise be thrown away? My mind is just blown away by the thought!

So many small cute rugs just hit the shop!

Moroccan rugs, small, colorful, Baba Souk

If you’ve been on the lookout for a small cute rug you’re going to be served with this collection! As much as I wanted to buy larger rugs all the cutest ones I could find were small! But I mean who could resist all this cuteness? Moroccan Cotton rugs are my favorite for kids’ bedroom and the small ones are adorable to put beside a bed. I agree they’re a bit small but they really do add tons of fun, color, and texture! You can use these small Moroccan rugs in a kitchen or entryway as well. The best part: Since they’re small and not too heavy you can wash them in the machine. Yes, don’t be afraid, it’s true. Read all our best tips to wash your Moroccan rugs right here.

We do have new 5×7 cotton rugs but I wish I had found more cute ones! These are my personal faves. The colors and patterns are so fun, they add a ton of personality to any room. These are my go-to for a kids’ bedroom. I love how they are super versatile and can adapt with the decor style of a growing kid. I’ve seen these cotton rugs fit in nurseries, toddlers’, big kids’, teenager’s bedroom and even adults’ decor! They’re more robust and resistant so they can evolve with your kid’s style as long as you take good care if it! My pro tip is: don’t wait for it to look dirty to wash it! You need to maintain it and depending on usage. Wash it at least twice a year to keep it looking like new. Again read all our best rug cleaning tips right here.

colorful Moroccan rugs, cotton, Baba Souk

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If you can’t find the exact rug you need or if you’ve fallen in love with a rug but you feel it’s too small, email me. We might be able to make a custom rug for you! I love to help clients find the rug of their dreams -Stephanie

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Moroccan Style Rugs – Designed by Baba Souk

We are slowly creating more Moroccan-style rugs designed by us at Baba Souk, and you might be wondering why! So I thought I would share the story behind these new rugs 🙂

The truth is: selling one-of-a-kind items is super fun, but it’s a very hard business model! After years of selling handmade one-of-a-kind rugs, we’ve noticed that clients frequently want to purchase the exact same rug. They were disappointed, and sometimes even frustrated (and even sad 😢), to see their favorite rug sold out so fast! We’ve tried so many times to replicate our most popular Moroccan rugs.

To be fully transparent, Moroccan arts and crafts artisans lack the necessary equipment for duplicating rugs. They are used to improvising and creating a rug with whatever color they have on hand to create a stunning one-of-a-kind creation. While we think it’s very cool and creative, and we know that Moroccan rugs are the cream of the crop. They have unbeatable textures, patterns, and quality – business-wise, it’s hard to scale on that model.

The Evolution of Moroccan Style Rugs at Baba Souk

We’ve been looking for years for easy-to-maintain, cool, fun, and colorful rugs that would be practical for the kitchen, bathroom, and high-traffic living areas without breaking the bank. The rugs needed to be machine washable, resistant, and easy to care for. But most importantly, the designs needed to be as cool as our Moroccan rugs!

We had to be able to have more than one of each made, which is not possible with handmade Moroccan rugs. (Trust us, we spent years trying because I really wanted to keep our production in Morocco, where my husband is from and where they have amazing handmade skills! It was a tough decision for me, but after years of failing, we decided to design our own Baba Souk rugs! (A wink at my clothing designer background). We started designing our rugs here at our Baba Souk Montreal office, and we’re currently working with a small Indian factory to have them made. We still make them by hand and we fairly pay the workers.

bathroom rugs absorbant bath mat

In India, they have facilities and tools to help workers make several units of the same rug design in a more manufactured way. To be real and 100% honest, our Indian “Moroccan Style” rugs are not anything like a real Moroccan rug, nothing will ever surpass the feeling and quality of a real handmade Moroccan rug. But they are an AMAZING compromise! They are cute and fun, and we make sure the quality is top-notch because one thing I really hate is the throwaway culture in which we live! Durability is one of our core values at Baba Souk, and we tested (and tested again!) the rugs we’ve designed to make sure our rugs are made to last.

We also wanted to offer a lower price point because we totally get that a Moroccan rug is a luxury item, and while you might love the look, your budget might not love the price tag! Ha! Our Baba Souk rugs are not cheap because, as mentioned above, we are not willing to compromise quality, but they’re reasonably priced.
Machine Washable Bathmats by Baba Souk

Our bathmats were created to be water absorbent, machine washable, and most importantly cute! 😉 We’re very proud to say they’ve been selling like hotcakes and have collected so many good reviews! (Scroll down this page to read them) This was our first Baba Souk design made in India and it’s a keeper. We’re planning to make more designs in the future and even maybe create a bathmat for non-pink lovers! (Haha, we see you, but what can I say, we have a deep love for pink!)

bath mat from baba souk

Machine Washable Runner rugs by Baba Souk

This runner rug was created because we just couldn’t find a cute machine-washable runner that would survive the test of kitchen spills, messy kids, and time! I’ve been washing mine for 1 years and I still absolutely love it. We would also love to create more designs and maybe a runner with a more neutral color palette. Let us know if this is a good idea!

kitchen runner rug, machine washable from from baba souk

kitchen runner, machine washable rug by Baba Souk

kitchen runner rug, machine washable from from baba souk

Machine washable 3×5 rugs by Baba Souk

This cute 3′ x 5′ rug was created with kids’ and girls’ bedroom in mind. If I had to pick a favorite, it’s this one! A very sweet take on a Moroccan rug design with a natural cotton-colored background that is resistant to stains. It’s machine washable and perfect for any high-traffic area and could be used in a bathroom or a kitchen. We are planning a boy’s version soon!

Moroccan Style Rugs

Moroccan Style Rugs

Machine washable 2×4 rugs by Baba Souk

This small Moroccan-style rug is a fun one! While we imagined it could bring color to a kid’s bedside, it’s machine washable. It would be perfect for a bathroom, entryway, or kitchen! If one of these cuties is sold out, it’s because they’re so popular! We barely can keep up. We need investors, just sending it to the universe haha! 😉

Moroccan Style Rugs

Moroccan Style Rugs

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Oh, and if you’re wondering, no, we won’t stop selling authentic, real handmade Moroccan rugs. Of course not! I personally love them so much (Obsession is the right word). I love to curate the most amazing collection for you guys! As always, if you have any questions regarding our Moroccan Style Rugs, email me, I’m here for you.

Sending color and love,
Stephanie

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Clean Your Moroccan Rug – DIY

I know having your Moroccan rug professionally cleaned can be pricey, and it can also be hard to find a reliable oriental rug cleaner in your neighbourhood to trust with your precious rug. So, I thought I’d share my favorite DIY tips for cleaning your own rug. You’ll ideally need a backyard, laundry soap, and a little bit of willpower!

If you’re in the Montreal area and looking to have your rug cleaned – definitely shoot us an email; we have some trusted recommendations. We’ve also saved many rugs from despair, wine spills, dog massacres, and many more crazy stuff!

Clean Your Moroccan Rug - DIY. Tips by Baba Souk

The first step is determining if your rug is wool or cotton because it will affect the way you clean your rug. If you’re not sure, please read this blog post that will help you figure it out.
Quick Rug refresh routine for wool rugs

To illustrate this method, we’ve created an Instagram Reel; you can watch it right here. This is a monthly routine to ensure your Moroccan wool rug stays clean as long as possible, this way you can maintain it and won’t have to clean it that often.

1- Shake off your rug outside. Turn it upside down and shake it off! For larger rugs, it’s easier for 2 people to shake it off together.

2- Gently brush your rug: Using a plastic brush or a small BBQ brush (I buy mine at the dollar store, they don’t always carry them but they sell them in a pack of 3 small brushes in the seasonal section, there’s 1 plastic brush and 2 metal brushes. I find the metal brushes work wonders!) brushing your rug will remove stuck debris, and yes, it will remove a bit of wool in the process but don’t worry, this won’t damage your rug.

3- Vacuum it! Clients are often afraid to vacuum their precious Moroccan rug, but trust me, I have a very powerful Dyson vacuum and no, it won’t dammage a real high-quality Moroccan rug. Done! This quick refresh really do wonders!

I often get asked how often I should clean my Moroccan rug, but the thing is it really depends! Pro Tip: Don’t wait for your rug to be grey to wash it! If you have furry animals or wilder animals like my two young boys (Ha! IYKYK) you might need to clean your rug more often. But if you’re 2 well-behaved adults, you’ll probably need to wash your rug only once a year.
Moroccan rug washing, DIY in the backyard:
(Suitable for both wool and cotton rugs) This method is for the lucky folks who have a backyard. You’ll need a plastic tarp, a water hose, laundry soap, and optionally Shout spray if you need to get rid of some stains.
Instructions:

1 – Spray Shout on stains. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

2 – Add some laundry soap; you can pour some directly on the rug or use a spray bottle and dilute with water.

3 – You can use your hand to gently massage the rug with soap and water.

4 – Use your hose and rinse throughout both sides.

5 – Roll it tightly to remove excess water.

6 – Hang to dry in the sun.

7- Extra step for wool rugs only: Once it’s completely dry, gently brush it with a small plastic or metal brush.

Moroccan cotton rugs in pink hues from Baba Souk

DIY with a Water Pressure Machine (for cotton rugs only)

If you have a cotton rug and you really want to give it a deep clean or waited too long to wash it and you feel like the white background is grey or stained, a pressure machine can really work well. Of course, we can’t guarantee the result and it’s riskier because if the pressure is too strong, the colors could be affected. Always use cold water and the lowest pressure your machine has to begin with. Again, you can use Shout spray on stains and laundry soap. Roll and remove excess water. Let it dry in the sun.

Machine wash: (for cotton rugs only)

Machine wash is suitable for cotton rugs only. If you’re having trouble determining if your rug is made out of cotton or wool, visit this blog post for guidance. As a rule of thumb, the biggest size of rug you could wash in the machine would be a 5×7 unless you have access to an industrial washing machine (I’ve found some laundromats have industrial-size machines!)

Tumble Dry: (for cotton rugs only)
Tumble dry is suitable for cotton rugs only. The biggest size of rug you’ll be able to put in your dryer would be a 5×7, and that’s if your machine is large. If not, you can hang to dry in the sun.
Cutting out threads:
If you find the rug has more hanging threads after the wash you can cut these threads without damaging your rug. Just make sure you cut only the hanging threads and not the base of the fabric or it will untie and break the rug.

If you need more info on rug cleaning, visit this link where we share our best tips & tricks to clean your Moroccan rug and make sure it stays gorgeous for a lifetime!

Again, I’m here to help! I’d be happy to assist you with advice on rug cleaning. Just email me, and I’ll do my best to help. – Stephanie

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The best Moroccan rugs: Tailored to Your Space and Style

Today, I’d love to address FAQs about Moroccan rugs! Hi, I’m Stephanie, the founder of Baba Souk 🙂 I receive lots of questions about selecting the perfect rug, so I thought I’d share the most common ones.
Q: I’m looking for a rug for the kids’ bedroom but I feel your rugs are expensive.

That’s an easy one! My absolute fave Moroccan rugs for a kids’ bedroom are our cotton rugs, and I have many reasons but here’re my top 4:

1. Their patterns are incredibly versatile, complementing various decors and evolving alongside your kids’ bedroom style over the years. This versatility makes them a worthwhile investment, ensuring they’ll be cherished for many years to come! (Say goodbye to cheap, throw-away rugs that pollute our planet anyway!)

2. They are joyful, colorful, and kids adore their fun texture.

3. They are durable and can be washed in cold water (all our washing tips are here).

4. These cotton handmade colorful rugs are made of fabric scraps from clothing factories! How cool is this? The best way to reduce fast fashion waste!

colorful rugs made in Morocco

Colorful rugs, cotton, handmade kids bedroom, Baba Souk

 

Q: I’m looking for something cozy for my bedroom

If you’re looking to add coziness, warmth, and some feel-good vibes to any space of your home, I could not recommend enough our handmade Beni Ourain rugs. Made of 100% wool, they are the dreamiest rugs you’ll ever step on. Fluffy, thick, high quality, they feel very luxurious. Head over here to shop our current wool rug selection.

PRO TIP: Head over here for my best quick refresh routine for keeping my Beni Ourain rug clean!

Beni Ourain rugs, white wool black dots beni ourain baba souk

moroccan rugs, beni ourain, wool carpets, pink and yellow rugs, baba souk

 

Q: I have a dog and 2 kids but I want a Moroccan rug so badly! Which one should I pick?

Hmm! If you know me, you know I always try to recommend the rug that is right for you. I’m a mother of 2 young boys and I totally understand what it means to have a messy/busy-chaotic home! I’ve personally owned many Moroccan rugs (I’ve been obsessed for years!) Speaking from experience, I can assure you the most resistant and stain-resistant rugs are without a doubt our colorful Moroccan wool rugs. You’ll need to embrace colors and pick with your heart! Let me be honest, you don’t want a white wool rug or a white cotton rug in a high-traffic area like the living room. Keep the white Beni Ourain rug for the master bedroom and the white cotton background rug for the kids’ bedroom where there’s no juice spill and dirty shoes going on 🙂

Our colorful wool rug won’t show stains and can also be handwashed in the backyard. Just use a plastic tarp, laundry soap, and cold water from your hose. Let it dry in the sun and brush it with a plastic brush.

Moroccan rugs wool colourful babasouk

Q: My space is just so beige and blah I need help to pick because I love all your rugs!

Awwww, that’s my fave message to receive! I LOVE to help you pick the perfect rug for your space. I’ve helped hundreds (if not thousands) of clients at this point, and it’s super fun and easy for me to visualize the best rug option for a space. If you need help to pick a rug, just email me a picture of your space and I’ll do my very best to help you find the rug of your dreams.

moroccan rugs wool colourful designs baba souk

Q: I want to order a custom Beni Ourain rug but I’m not sure what exact size I need for my space!

If you’ve decided you need a custom rug because you can’t find the size you need online, you’re not alone! We make a lot of custom Moroccan rugs for our clients and I know how tricky it can be to decide on the perfect rug size!

I have 3 tips for you:

1. Take some green painting tape and trace the rug size you think you need on the floor, it will help you visualize.

2. If you need a bolder visual help, use a bed sheet and fold it in the desired size on the floor. This is very helpful if you’re the visual type of person like me!

3. If you have other rugs around the house, it can help you to try them out in this new space to help you figure out the size you need

Make sure to always keep some floor space showing for breathing. Please note that Moroccan rugs are made entirely by hand and therefore the final size can vary 2″ on each side.

Good to know: We do not include fringes in the total size of the rug. Fringes are usually around 3-4″, typically on the end side of the rug but they could be on both sides of the rug if you prefer. (That’s an option when you order a custom Moroccan rug)

If you’re still not sure about the size and would love help to decide, email me a picture of your space with the measurements, and I’ll help you figure it out!

moroccan rugs, beni ourain, white wool black lines, cozy carpets, baba souk

As always, I’m right here for you if you need help to pick the perfect rug! Email me with a picture of your space and I’ll get back to you promptly with my most candid advice! -Stephanie

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Colorful Moroccan Rugs: Easy Ways to Add Vibrancy to Your Home Decor

If you’re a hard-core Moroccan rugs lover or color lover in general, this tip might not apply. However, if you find color matching daunting and would love to learn how to incorporate more color into your space, this is the easiest way to do it: paint all the walls white! Haha, you didn’t think I was going there, right? Hear me out: a blank canvas + accessories is the easiest way to go!

Embrace White Walls: A Canvas for Colorful Accents

Start with white walls + light wood accents. Like light wood hardwood floors + furniture. White space with light wood is the perfect base to create a fun Scandinavian feel decor (My personal faves!) The wood greatly helps to warm the space up. Now let the fun begin!

Wait a second, I can feel all the white perfect paint color questions coming in! Let me bust that myth in 2 seconds: The white shade really doesn’t matter! White is white, don’t fool yourself. I would not recommend buying the cheapest paint though; you will regret it.

moroccan rugs, baba souk

Moroccan Wool Rugs: Adding Unique Colors to Your Living Room

Moroccan rugs are such a great way to add a splash of color and texture to your home decor! It brings instant personality, lots of warmth, and fun textures which are important to infuse richness to a decor.

My favorites for the living room would be our Moroccan wool rugs that have a multitude of gradient colors. They are one-of-a-kind and are just gorgeous. They will be the show stopper + conversation starters in your home.

For the kids, I know I’ve said this before but the recycled cotton rugs are so fun! Instant joy, a splash of color, and fun to any room.

colorful Moroccan rugs, carpets fro kids bedroom, boucherouite, baba souk

Affordable Art: Enhancing Home Decor with Colorful Posters

My second favorite way to add some color to your home, instead of painting your walls, is by adding some posters! Posters are so underrated. They are a very affordable way to add some personality to your home. Also, they feel like less of a commitment than real artwork, and you can switch them up with no regrets when you’re ready for a change. I love a gallery wall, but I know they can feel hard to pull together. I say add some posters here and there around your home. The more colorful, the better! I love looking at posters at my friends’ houses; they bring so much interest.

Our popular La Fleur posters have been made to fit exactly in Ikea frames, making them super easy and affordable to hang on your walls. I also feel like they are big enough, 50 cm x 70 cm, about 20″ x 28″, to add some punch to your wall. My favorite frame is the IKEA Lomviken Frame in gold color and the very simple white Ribba frame. For posters, I’m also a big fan of artist Lay Hoon and her colorful, abundant scenes of women living La Dolce Vita. I’ve also been loving Carla Llanos’ floral illustrations for years now and never get tired of her style.

La Fleur Poster, pink, baba souk

Of course, if your budget allows for original artworks, they are the ultimate way to bring color, texture, and handmade love to your walls. We are currently selling original artworks by local Canadian artist Julie Naima. The colors are just stunning. Go have a look at our current selection right here.

original painting, Canadian artists, Julie Naima, Baba Souk

Switch things up and have fun with your home decor

Personally, I love to switch up my decor and even sometimes switch the accessories seasonally or even switch up the room they’re in for an instant change! Pillows, throws, and baskets are very fun to play around and add touches of color here and there. Handmade Moroccan baskets are very fun to add texture and that handmade feel and well-traveled look we all love. Have a look at our basket collection right here. 

The other perk of having all-white walls is that it gives all the attention to the colorful rugs and accessories. Giving them space to shine a bit like a museum usually has white walls to let the art shine bright.

blue Moroccan rugs, living room decor

Go ahead and have fun with your space! I’m a little sad when I see hotel-like beige and cold home decor that looks like they’re not even lived in. Your space should be a reflection of who you are; it should tell stories about your favorite place, colors, and style. It should make you feel inspired and boost your mood.

Again, if ever you need help to pick the perfect rug for your space, I’d be honoured to personally help you find the rug of your dreams. Email me, and if you can send me a picture of your space, it will help me guide you in finding the perfect handmade rug for your space. -Stephanie

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