5 Berber symbols and their hidden meaning

The authenticity in our Moroccan textiles lies not just in the materials and the techniques used to create them, but also in the patternwork woven in to each design. Created in the same way for centuries, the tribal markings featured on these authentic rugs and cushions are a pre-cursor to the written word - conveying symbols of protection, fertility and folklore. Traditionally given as part of a dowry, they would be designed by their weaver (often a family member) to bestow a newlywed couple and their home with these well-wishes. Here are 5 common symbols you will see in traditional Berber textiles:

The decorative edge pattern on this authentic boucherouite rug represents the markings on a snake. Snakes are symbolic of a holy person and are seen to have magical properties.

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The checker board design of this rug is a symbol of beauty and femininity, paired with the pink palette it's a great choice for a girl's bedroom.

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The 'X' shape on this hand woven Azilal rug is said to represent the crow's beak - traditionally worn around a child's neck as a symbol of protection.

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The central details on these Sabra silk cushions are ancient symbols of fertility and magical rites - the classic, timeless design with beautiful hidden meaning makes them perfect wedding presents.

 The diamond shaped eye symbol of this Boucherouite rug is said to protect from the 'evil eye':

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