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  Tunisian carpets and tapestries, Arab and African

Carpets and tapestries from Tataouine, tapestry and carpets from Medenine  and other rugs carpets or tapestries from the Tunisian South, such as Ajar berber weavings, Mushtia and grey klims or kilims,  beduin tapestries Hamil and Wissada, saddle rugs Khorj Tapestries from Gafsa, tapestries from Tozeur and tapestry from the Southwest of Tunisia
Berber carpets coming in two qualities, white or beige with or without traditional motives Allusha carpets : a variation of the Kairouan fine carpets using only natural sheep wool colours Mergoums : traditional short wool woven carpet from the Eastern Sahara region and Ouedhref klims from the Tunisian Sahel region Modern Klims or Kilims with traditional or modern motives inspired by Mediterranean, Arab or African cultures  Ouedref

Historic background of carpet manufacturing and tapestry in Tunisia

 The RAKEN Style collection comprises numerous weavings in the following categories:
             
Tapestries from Gafsa
             
Tapestries from Tataouine
             
Tunisian fine carpets
             
Berber carpets
             
Modern Kilims
             
Mergoums
        
    Ouedhref rugs
        
    Various weavings

Tapestries from Gafsa
Tapestries from Gafsa are hand-woven works generally made by women weavers at their homes. They are made up of a determined number of traditional motives (geometric forms, simplified human or animal forms) of about a square foot size. The background fabric can be black or beige or coloured. The motives are multi-coloured or in the variation “Tozeur” different shades of the same colour. Size depends on the number of motives and is irregular. Note that it is nearly impossible to find two identical Gafsa tapestries in terms of size, colours and motives.

Tapestries from Tataouine
Tapestries from Tataouine include a number of hand-woven products from the South of Tunisia. The Bedouin tapestries “Hamil” and “Wissada” are made of long strips of tightly woven fabric from sheep, goat and in some cases camel wool. They are traditional, utilitarian textile works, sometimes difficult to find and expensive. “Ajar”, a fine woven Berber tapestry, featuring the colours of the South is more a decorative item. “Mooshtia” and the “grey Klim” are examples of adaptations to fashion, both being used as ground or wall decorations today.

Tunisian fine carpets
Tunisian fine knotted carpets are derived from the famous "Kairouan", which incorporates essentially Arab and Ottoman components, which make it a true Oriental rug. Kairouan carpets are hand knotted and made of pure sheep wool. They have different motives, including the traditional "Mihrab" and more modern designs, as the "Hammamet" The "Magic Cupboard" is a recent design inspired by traditional Arab motives, reminding the 1001 Nights. The "Alusha" is a Tunisian knotted rustic carpet with soft surface. It is essentially a "Kairouan" but with a limitation in colours to the natural shades of sheep wool, i.e. black to white with all shades of grey, brown and beige. RAKEN features two qualities : the 20x20 texture with 40'000 knots/sqm and the superior 30x30 texture with 90000 knots/sqm.

Berber carpets
Berber carpets are thick and made of long hair sheep wool. They are white or beige with or without motives. Motives are in warm colours and various shapes, but generally discreet. RAKEN features superior quality (14400 knots/sqm in various sizes.

Modern Kilims
The “Klim” or “Kilim” is a short napped woollen carpet traditionally made by the nomads of Southern Tunisia. Formerly used to cover litters on camels or to split tents, they nowadays serve for both ground and wall decoration. Traditional Klims feature motives using triangle and rhomboid shaped patterns in various colours. RAKEN features modern designer Klims, mostly beige with special motives inspired by Tunisian and other cultures. Our Klims come in four standard sizes.

Mergoums
The “Mergoum” is another form of ground tapestry and comes in various standard sizes. Mergoums are specific to a whole area of Eastern Sahara, extending from Southern Tunisia to the North of Chad. In Tunisia, the production of Mergoums is subjected to the Quality label of ONAT (Office National de l’Artisanat Tunisien). RAKEN offers a large number of traditional Mergoums, in various colours and featuring different patterns.

Ouedhref rugs
The Ouedhref or Mergoum Ouedhref is a special variation of the Mergoum from the South of Tunisia. Like other mergoums, the Ouedhref is a short hair handwoven rug made of pure sheep wool. The traditional Ouedhrefs have triangular and rhomboid motives, much as the traditional Tunisian Kilims. A famous variation is the Jendar, which associates Berber motives from the South of Tunisia. The fine Ghani versions are characterized by the use of at least three colours, giving them a somewhat richer texture.

In the frame of our Collectors Corner, we can also seek for you other carpets and tapestries according to your specifications and descriptions.

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