You frequently see them on Pinterest: Berber rugs with colored patterns. In Morocco there are several Berber tribes. The black and white rugs that are best known, are woven from a special breed sheep. The Beniouarain tribe, a nomadic Berber tribe in the Atlas Mountains, uses them to keep warm in the freezing cold. You recognize them by the zig-zag, diamonds and cross patterns. Because the tribe lives isolated, this centuries-old tradition is well preserved. The rugs are further distinguished by their fringes, and deep-pile structure.
However, there are 45 different Berber tribes, each with their own weaving traditions and patterns that makes no rug identical. The Marmoucha tribe uses the same patterns as the Beniouarain but uses more color. And then there is the Zemmour distincitive by stripes and cubes, or the Zaiane Berber rugs. (Find out more by reading our blog about the significance of the patterns here)