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The Berber carpets are named after Berbers living in North Africa. The traditional carpets were handwoven. Industrialization has modernized Berber carpets and given them a characteristic loop design. This gives them a look that resembles traditional Berber carpets.
The color of the stains in the modern rugs is dark. The background has a natural color, which is not a dyed version of traditional carpets.
In general, they have a simple mixture of colors that do not form a particular pattern. They are durable and relatively cheap and are more suitably used in areas with many uses such as an office.
History of Berber carpets
The Berber carpets originated in the Palaeolithic period at a time when the Berbers in North Africa often used rugs. The handwoven article made from natural fibers was named after the stem.
The handmade Berber rugs, made from home, are still in demand in the rural areas of Berber countries. Many families still earn their income from the production and sale of these Berber carpets to merchants, tourists and local communities. What sets them apart from modern rugs is the cultural design, which consists of natural materials.
The modern carpet
Today, many types of modern Berber rugs are made from various materials such as wool, nylon and olefins. The Tunisian Berber carpets are the exception here. They have retained the weaving technique inherited from their ancestors.
The Tunisian authorities control the production in order to preserve the quality. Any use of synthetic materials is prohibited and therefore only wool is used. At the end of production, the seal is done in Tunisian handwork. That is, red wax sign is used to seal each carpet.
Some countries usually use olefin and other materials that are affordable. The carpets can mix different materials that are available.
The Berber carpet is extremely durable and can therefore be used in areas that are frequently visited, eg. In offices. It is also dirt-repellent and generally affordable compared to thick plush carpets.
Most professionals recommend using low moisture during the cleaning process to care for the carpet.
The Berber carpet should be cleaned after six to twelve months to minimize wear patterns.