This handwoven flat weave wool rug holds traditional designs from the Anti-Atlas area of Morocco. The medium-blue background surrounds four rectangles; the four rectangles are each filled with designs using the same colors but each one arranged in patterns that strike the weaver’s fancy. Two narrow bands of the traditional white and black zigzag patterns provide a place of calm. All four borders are filled with an X woven in various colors. This common motif of the Anti-Atlas Region is called Snan lzajel: Calf’s teeth.
At 2 1/2 ft x 4 ft it can be used as a beautiful accent rug or hung on a wall with the scalloped edge on top and fringe at the bottom.
Fatima El Mennouny is a weaver of traditional rugs and a member of the Timnay Association. She is married to a local merchant with whom she has four sons and five daughters. She has taught her oldest daughters how to weave and they are carrying on the tradition.
The Timnay Association was founded in 2010 after an agreement was made between a group of women in the village of N’kob. The village of N’kob is located near Taznakht, a town known for its livestock and agriculture. These two activities contributed to making the town of Taznakht and the surrounding area well known for its quality natural handmade traditional products, thanks to the availability of natural wool and plants and other raw materials.