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Thursday, October 7, 2010

New York Times slide show and article on Boucherioute show

New York Times
"Faced with a call for increased output and a scarcity of natural materials, Berber weavers have had to rethink aspects of their craft. This has meant, among other things, supplementing wool with recycled fabrics and cheap synthetic fibers like nylon and Lurex, and various plastics.

With the synthetic fibers came new colors and chromatic intensities. Where old-fashioned vegetable dyes tend to look savory and subtle, machine dyes are emphatic and bright. The first things you notice about the Cavin-Morris show is how visually assertive it is. Yes, there are ranges of earth tones, but it’s the fire-engine reds, the Day-Glo oranges, the post-punk pinks that pop out."

--"Wild, Not Woolly, Berber Rugs" - Holland Cotter, New York Times Art Review, 22 July 2010 online version of New York Edition article in C23

"Boucherouite" Moroccan rag rugs: techniques

I'm having difficulty finding details about how these rugs are made. It looks as though Moroccan women have had varied approaches to making them.  Any ideas from these pictures, expert rug hookers?  Here's a boucherioute rug from the front, and some detail from the back (link).

And some more examples of Boucherioute

At this website, there are some more amazing pictures of Boucherioute rugs.

"Boucherouite" Moroccan rag rugs

Have a look at this website for examples, history, and analysis of Moroccan Boucherouite rag rugs, also called "Boucherwit, from Moroccan Arabic bu sherwit, ‘a piece torn from pre-used clothing’, ‘scrap’"
Example of Boucherouite Rag Rug