Moroccan Rugs – Most FAQS Answered!

Moroccan Rugs – Most FAQS Answered!

Finally! All your rug FAQS answered! We get tons of questions about our Moroccan rugs – What is the difference between them, how are they made, how can they be washed? This page has got you covered!

New Cotton Boucherouite Rugs

moroccan rug cotton boucherouite from Babasouk
How they are made:
These Moroccan rugs are made especially for Baba Souk. They are handmade by a group of women who work together to complete each rug. They are made of leftover cotton textile scraps from clothing factories. Isn’t it such an amazing way to recycle fabrics? Their fun colors and amazing textures make them the BEST option for a kid’s room (but I also have one in my room!).

Condition: New
Availability: Unique design, only one of each available
Hand feel: They have a cotton hand feel and a fun quirky texture (Babies love them!)
Pile: They are low pile, around 0.5-1″

moroccan rug cotton boucherouite from Babasouk

Cotton Boucherouite Care Instructions:

Every rug is professionally cleaned in Canada before being shipped. A Moroccan rug can last a lifetime! It’s an investment piece you’ll cherish for a very long time. Please follow these simple guidelines to take care of your rug.

For regular care:
– You can vacuum your rug
– To eliminate odors and humidity, let it dry in the sun for a day
– If you store it, we do not recommend storing it in a bag.

Cleaning your rug:
– For best results, have it cleaned by a professional rug cleaner. It should cost around $1-$2 per square foot to have it cleaned professionally.
– You can wash it by hand with cold water and laundry soap and rinse it with your garden hose. Then let it fully dry in the sun, ensuring that it’s no longer wet or humid before putting it back on the floor.
– If you have access to an industrial washing machine, you can wash it. Use cold water and a delicate cycle. Don let it sit in your machine as colors could run. Let it dry in the sun.

 

Moroccan Rugs – Vintage Boucherouite

vintage moroccan boucherouite rug

How they are made:
Boucherouite Moroccan rugs can also be called “rag rugs” as they are made of various recycled clothing and textile scraps. One Boucherouite rug can be made with many different types of recycled textiles such as wool, cotton, synthetic fibers, lurex and nylon. This is what creates their amazing blends of textures and colors. Isn’t it the coolest way to recycle fabric scraps? Making a Boucherouite rug is a lot of work since every swatch of fabric is individually cut and knotted. It’s a very slow, handmade process that can sometimes take months to produce a single carpet.

Condition: Vintage. Professionally cleaned in Canada.
Availability: Unique design, only one of each available
Hand feel: They have such a fun texture. (Babies love them) They are not soft nor harsh, they have a playful hand feel.
Pile: They are medium to high pile, less than 1″-3″

vintage moroccan boucherouite rug

Vintage Boucherouite Care Instructions:

Every rug is professionally cleaned in Canada before being shipped. A Moroccan rug can last a lifetime! It’s an investment piece you’ll cherish for a very long time. Please follow these simple guidelines to take care of your rug.

For regular care:
– You can vacuum your rug
– To eliminate odors and humidity, let it dry in the sun for a day
– If you store it, we do not recommend storing it in a bag.

Cleaning your rug:
– For best results, have it cleaned by a professional rug cleaner. It should cost around $1-$2 per square foot to have it cleaned professionally.
– You can wash it by hand with cold water and laundry soap and rinse it with your garden hose. Then let it fully dry in the sun, ensuring that it’s no longer wet or humid before putting it back on the floor.
– If you have access to an industrial washing machine, you can wash it. Use cold water and a delicate cycle. Let it dry in the sun.

Moroccan Rugs – Beni Ourain Rugs

moroccan rugs beni ourain

Characterized by thick luxurious white wool and minimalist black lines, the story behind Beni Ourain rugs is quite interesting. These rugs were used to cover the floors of the nomadic Beni Ourain tribes. They lived in tents in the snow-capped Atlas Mountains where winter is particularly rough. These thick pile wool rugs were typically used as floor insulation, bedding, and blankets to keep warm during harsh winters. You now understand why Beni Ourain rugs are so comfy and thick! Walking on a Beni Ourain rug might be the comfiest feeling ever. They are made of 100% undyed sheep wool. They bring warmth and a beautiful feeling of comfort to any room in a house

FAQ: “How can I make sure my rug is authentic and handmade?”

One sad development about these particular Moroccan rugs is that they are increasingly being knocked off by Turkish and Chinese factories. If you want to make sure your rug is authentic and handmade, take a look at the reverse side of the rug. If it’s a real Beni Ourain, the knotting will be irregular. A knock-off would have super straight cuts and knots that only a machine would be able to do. Also, many sellers will tell you your rug really has been made by the original Beni Ourain tribe. While it is possible, it’s most probably not true. Since demand for these types of rugs is quite high these days, most Beni Ourain style carpets are made in organized women’s cooperatives. This is a great thing for the workers because it ensures that they are being paid fairly for their work and have good working conditions. Rest assured, our Beni Ourain rugs are still handwoven with virgin wool. Only experts can see the difference of an authentic Beni Ourain rug. The main difference being that authentic Beni Ourain rugs are now considered antique rugs and have a more vintage look.

Condition: New
Availability: We usually have some in stock and we can also have one made in a specific size for you as we work directly with a team of Moroccan artisans. Email us with your request and we’ll get back to you shortly. We have more information about custom Beni Ourain rugs, right here.
Hand feel: They have the softest, luxurious thick wool hand feel you’ll ever encounter! Walking on a Beni Ourain rug feels like a dream.
Pile: They are usually medium to high pile, 1″-3″.

Moroccan Rugs Beni Ourain Rugs

FAQ: “I’ve seen some Beni Ourains rugs with signs, what do they mean?” The graphic symbols tell stories about birth, fertility, nature, and femininity. In the weaver’s eye, (usually women) these signs are lucky charms and bring protection against evil spirits.

 

Beni Ourain Care Instructions:

Every rug is professionally cleaned in Canada before being shipped. Moroccan rugs are made to be super resistant and last a lifetime. Please follow these simple guidelines to take care of your rug.

For regular care:
– You can vacuum your rug
– For a quick refresh, brush it with a plastic brush like a hand broom brush. We also recently realized that BBQ metal brushes work very well to brush wool rugs! (Please only use a NEW BBQ brush! 😉 Brushing a wool rug will remove any debris that can get stuck and also helps remove excess wool build up.
– To eliminate odors and humidity, let it dry in the sun for a day.
– Make sure it does not stay wet or humid. If you store it, we do not recommend storing it in a bag.

beni ourain moroccan rugs babasouk montreal canada

FAQ: “Do your rugs shed a lot?” We get this question often and the answer is no. We take special care in selecting our rugs. Our makers know we accept only high quality made rugs. They will only shed if you brush them which is absolutely normal.

Cleaning your rug:

– For best results, have it cleaned by a professional rug cleaner. It should cost around 2$ per square foot to have it cleaned professionally.
– You can wash it by hand with cold water and laundry soap and rinse it with your garden hose with cold water. Then let it fully dry in the sun, ensuring that it’s no longer wet or humid before putting it back on the floor. Brush it (using a plastic hand brush or clean BBQ brush) to remove excess wool.

FAQ: “I have two dogs, a black cat and a toddler, should I buy a Beni Ourain rug?” When I receive this type of question I ALWAYS want to be honest. A white rug is a white rug… If your animals have dark fur and sleep on your beautiful rug (And I’m pretty sure they will because it’s so cozy!) it probably isn’t the best fit for your home… However, if you’re okay with regularly maintaining and cleaning the wool, the good thing with a natural fiber is that stains can easily be removed. If you have it professionally cleaned, it will come out like new 🙂

 

Moroccan Rugs – Azilal

moroccan rugs azilal wool carpet babasouk

How they are made:
Azilal rugs are a combination of virgin sheep wool and dyed wool, they usually have a lighter background complemented with graphic abstract patterns like diamonds or squares. Pops of neon colors are weaved with synthetic wool. They are hand-woven following traditional weaving methods. The art of making rugs is passed down from mother to daughter. Makers of these Moroccan rugs usually come from the Azilal region of the High Atlas Mountains north-east of Marrakesh. Depending on how many women work on the same rug, it can take as long as one month to finish a single carpet.

They are soft and comfy. It is quite common to find a Moroccan rug that isn’t perfectly symmetrical. One side of the rug might be slightly larger, or uneven than the other side. This is the beauty of irregular handmade work and only adds charm to a handmade rug. Azilal rugs create an instant point of interest with their amazing texture and colors and make the perfect statement piece for a modern decor.

Condition: New
Availability: Only one of each is available but we can also have most designs made in a specific size for you as we work directly with a team of Moroccan artisans. Email us with your request and we’ll get back to you shortly.
Hand feel: Soft and comfy
Pile: They are usually medium pile, 1″.

FAQ: “What’s the difference between a Boucherouite rug and an Azilal rug?” The short answer is: Azilal rugs are made of wool and Boucherouite rugs are mostly made of cotton. They have a very different hand feel and texture.

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Azilal Rugs Care Instructions

For regular care:
– You can vacuum your rug
– For a quick refresh, brush it with a plastic brush like a hand broom brush. We also recently realized that BBQ metal brushes work very well to brush wool rugs! (Please only use a NEW BBQ brush! 😉 Brushing a wool rug will remove any debris that can get stuck and also helps remove excess wool build up.
– To eliminate odors and humidity, let it dry in the sun for a day.
– Make sure it does not stay wet or humid. If you store it, we do not recommend storing it in a bag.

Cleaning your rug:
– For best results, have it cleaned by a professional rug cleaner. It should cost around $2 per square foo t to have it cleaned professionally.
– You can wash it by hand with cold water and laundry soap and rinse it with your garden hose with cold water. Then let it fully dry in the sun, ensuring that it’s no longer wet or humid before putting it back on the floor. Brush it (using a plastic hand brush or clean BBQ brush) to remove excess wool.

Moroccan Rugs – Antique Boujad rugs

boujad rugs antique carpets babasouk canada

Boujad rugs are antique, low pile, wool rugs and range from 40-60 years old. Discoloration, signs of usage and repairs might appear.

Please note: These rugs are completely handmade and antique. Their imperfections tell us the story of the rug and give it its authentic, one of a kind personality. We inspect them prior to shipping and make sure they don’t have any holes, we also have them professionally cleaned here in Canada. Boujad rugs tend to be more abstract creations and are considered collectible pieces of art.

Condition: Antique rugs that range from 40-60 years old
Availability: One-of-a-kind rugs.
Hand feel: Soft
Pile: Low pile, 0.5-1″

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Boujad Rugs Care Instructions

Cleaning your rug:
– For best results, have it cleaned by a professional rug cleaner. It should cost around $2 per square foot to have it cleaned professionally.
– You can wash it by hand with cold water and laundry soap and rinse it with your garden hose with cold water. Then let it fully dry in the sun, ensuring that it’s no longer wet or humid before putting it back on the floor.

Moroccan Rugs – Cactus Silk Carpets (Sabra Kilims)

cactus silk kilim from baba souk

Our Moroccan Kilim Carpets are hand-woven in Morocco with agave silk and have wonderful colors and textures. Agave plants are especially huge in Morocco. They are succulent plants that you can peel, and the process then produces threads. These threads are then colored with gorgeous vegetal dyes. These Cactus Silk Carpets are then handwoven on traditional weaving looms making each carpet a little different.

cactus silk carpet made in morocco

Condition: New
Availability: They’re all a little different although you can usually find a few that look just about the same.
Hand feel: Very interesting embroidered texture. Not considered soft or harsh.
Pile: Flat weaved.

Cactus Silk Kilims Care Instructions

Cleaning your rug:
– Vegetal dyes. Avoid contact with water. Iron on reverse side of the rug.
– Dry clean only.

Moroccan Rugs – Boucherouite Runners

Boucherouite runners are flat weaved and have such an interesting blend of colors. They are hand-woven using mostly viscose fabric scraps. Colors are faded using a special process which gives them a beautiful sunkissed, pastel look.

runner rug handmade in Morocco

Condition: New
Availability: They’re all a little different although you can usually find a few that look just about the same.
Hand feel: Soft textured flat weave
Pile: Flat weave

Care Instructions

For regular care:
– Shake your rug and/or vacuum it
– To eliminate odors and humidity, let it dry in the sun for a day

Cleaning your rug:

– For best results, have it cleaned by a professional rug cleaner. It should cost around 2$ per square feet to have it cleaned professionally.
– You can wash it by hand with cold water and laundry soap and rinse it with your garden hose. Then let it fully dry in the sun, ensuring that it’s no longer wet or humid before putting it back on the floor.
– If you have access to an industrial washing machine, you can wash it. Use cold water and a delicate cycle. Don let it stand in your machine as colors could run. Let it dry in the sun.

I hope we were able to answer all your questions! However, if you need more info or have a specific question, please don’t hesitate to email us. We’ll do our very best to answer promptly 🙂

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