Purchasing a rug in Morocco was one of the most stressful things I've ever tried to do. There is alot of negotiating involved - making offers and counter offers, drinking endless glasses of tea, looking at figures on calculators. The Moroccans know what they're doing and they assume you have money since you're an American. They say things like 'final offer' and 'berber holiday' to try to persuade you into buying. They're very good. But, the whole process just made me frustrated. So frustrated in fact that we almost left without buying one. That is, until we went to our final destination in the Atlas Mountains. We ended up finding the most beautiful Beni Ourain rugs right in our Kasbah. They were all a flat rate, there was no negotiating and they were all crafted in the mountains where we were staying.
They're getting so popular that some of the big stores are starting to carry them in there lines. West Elm just introduced a Moroccan line of authentic carpets and accessories. They claim they are made in Morocco and based on the prices they probably are. Anthropologie also offers a Beni Ourain inspired rug, but it appears to be a knock off based on the name. To see how people are using them in there homes, check out this link from Apartment Therapy. I just love them!
West Elm: Found Moroccan Berber Rug
5x7 - $1499.00
Anthropologie: Flokati Diamond Rug
5x7 - $898.00
So now that I've got the background out of the way. Let me show you what we brought home. We got a long runner for our bedroom level. It was so hard to find runners the right length and width. We thought it was a lost cause, and then we found this one. It was meant to be ours because the dimensions were spot on. Take a look:
The second one we bought we put in our 4th floor level. I really wanted it in our living room on the 2nd floor, but the dimensions were off and it just didn't look right. So we moved it upstairs, and I'm actually thrilled with the way it all turned out. It contrasts the red wall and the dark floor and the size is great. It fills our void just right. Plus, it has a more casual feel which is great for this space. Here she is:
I love these rugs so much. Every time I walk on them I get a little happier! They're so soft and fluffy, but they're not so delicate that you're afraid of spilling things on them. I think Marley (my dog) loves them even more than I do because I keep finding her snuggled up on them! Hope you enjoy :)