Moroccan boucherouite rugs, pronounced “boo-shay-REET”, are anything BUT raggedy!
Their name comes from a Moroccan-Arabic phrase used to describe torn and re-used clothing.
Made by women for use in the home, these zany carpets were developed in the 1960s and 70s as a result of several global socio-economic factors. As nomadic Moroccan lifestyle sharply declined during the 20th century, sheepherding also decreased, resulting in scarcer sources of wool; the traditional Moroccan Berber rug material.
Paradoxically, Moroccan rugs grew in popularity throughout the international market, and weavers were forced to adapt using more available and contemporary materials – anything from nylon to polyester and recycled plastics, in all kinds of synthetic and poppy colors.
Combined with the wild aesthetic of organic and asymmetrical shapes bumping up against and bleeding into one another, plus the anything-goes technical attitude employing all kinds of surface treatment, come these super-splashy, liberated, and irresistibly bohemian and chic rugs.