Maryam lives and works in Marrakesh, Morocco with her family. Their boutique guesthouse, Peacock Pavilions is a post in itself for another day. Today is about color and pattern and texture in beautiful rugs. Rugs made from rags.
These are Moroccan boucharweit carpets, or Moroccan rag rugs. They are made from strips of worn out clothing, just scraps, that are woven together into fabulous. Maryam is selling these in her shop Red Thread Souk. I have a soft spot for rag rugs (see #30 on my life list), they just seem so thrifty and practical to me.
Apparently Maryam agrees. From her website: [in Morocco] “Almost nothing gets wasted, nothing. A woolen sweater with holes is unraveled and made new. Old tires are reconfigured and turn into chic baskets. Oil drums get a fresh coat of paint and become modern tables. Repurposing, recycling, upcycling. Morocco was green before there was Green. Waste? No, No, and, well, No.”
She calls these “the original happy rugs” and I wholeheartedly agree. The chevron patterned one is calling to me. I have no idea where it would go in my home, but that could be sorted out…
All images from Red Thread Souk.