CARPET STORIES

 I learned and got fascinated by the skill of carpet reading in the  Musée de Boucharouite . The museum is the work of avid collector Patrick de Maillard and walking through this 18th-century riad, your view on carpets may change forever!

I learned and got fascinated by the skill of carpet reading in the Musée de Boucharouite. The museum is the work of avid collector Patrick de Maillard and walking through this 18th-century riad, your view on carpets may change forever!

So when Jamal from Souk it Up showed me his recently discovered Boujaad rug, I immediately noticed this was not just any Boujaad rug. There was a story to it!


First I noticed the remarkable bright pink stripes. The overall tone of the carpet was soft with shifting tones of peach, pink and blue. With some dark areas at the beginning of the loom.

I thought the bright neon pink used in the central diamond shape was very dominant and I noticed the small diamond forms at the sides. The diamond form symbolises the women, but I saw something else and Jamal confirmed my thoughts.

 The centre Diamond form symbolised a vagina, with small blue and pink lines/threads within.  Blue for a boy, pink for a girl.   Four spermatozoids were symbolised at both sides of the rug.  But why were they all pink?  And why this bright pink?  What was this woman telling us?   The central area in the carpet was knotted in soft hues of blue and pink…The beginning of the loom was dark, almost dirty… Dark colours symbolise sadness and grief.   What happened in her life?   The bright pink may symbolise health and fertility, or it might as well stand for a deep wish for a daughter?!   One of these carpets that keep on triggering me. The story, however, will always remain but a guess…

The centre Diamond form symbolised a vagina, with small blue and pink lines/threads within.
Blue for a boy, pink for a girl.

Four spermatozoids were symbolised at both sides of the rug.
But why were they all pink?
And why this bright pink?
What was this woman telling us?

The central area in the carpet was knotted in soft hues of blue and pink…The beginning of the loom was dark, almost dirty…
Dark colours symbolise sadness and grief.

What happened in her life?

The bright pink may symbolise health and fertility, or it might as well stand for a deep wish for a daughter?!

One of these carpets that keep on triggering me. The story, however, will always remain but a guess…

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