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Moroccan Boucherouite Rugs

February 1, 2022

Moroccan Boucherouite rugs are known for their bright colors, cotton fibers, and eccentric patterns. In 2010, this unique style of rug made quite a splash in the Western art and design worlds after being featured in an exhibition called “Rags to Richesse” at the Calvin-Morris Gallery in Manhattan. Shortly after, the New York Times published an article called “Wild, Not Woolly, Berber Rugs” about the exhibition, and the trend of decorating with Boucherouite rugs skyrocketed into the ethers.

Colorful Moroccan boucherouite rug wall hanging

Unfortunately, what got lost along the rugs' path to notoriety was the incredible history of how this weaving style came to be. The word “boucherouite” is an Arabic phrase used to refer to reusable scraps of various fabrics. In the mid-twentieth century, Moroccan weavers from the Atlas mountain region began using a variety of recycled fabrics, synthetic fibers, and even plastic to weave these durable, one of a kind rugs.

It was the ultimate upcycling success story. Artisans would buy cheap second-hand clothing from the weekly souk, or market. The would then deconstruct the thrifted objects, and weave new designs out of the fibers, cloths, and fabrics. 

In this way, the artisans turned contemporary, easily available materials into brightly-colored, fantastical rag rugs for the modern world. 

Colorful boucherouite Moroccan throw rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful vibrant Moroccan berber rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Small colorful Moroccan playroom rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Art deco Moroccan boucherouite throw rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful boucherouite Moroccan throw rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful vibrant Moroccan berber rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Small colorful Moroccan playroom rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Art deco Moroccan boucherouite throw rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs

Since Boucherouite rugs are made from recycled materials, the textures and colors vary widely between them. Some rugs feature fibers that are more twisted, almost corkscrewed together. Some fibers are shiny and soft to the touch, most likely from some synthetic fiber. And when the rug is made from scraps of clothing, every once in awhile you find a button, some fragments of a words and a hint at the former life of that piece of clothing before it was turned into a rug. 

Often, the design of these rugs is more organic, following the ebbs and flows of the weavers' fancies. The strict geometric and symmetrical designs that you find in other Middle Atlas weavings give way to a more playful and abstract practice with Boucherouites. The result is that each Boucherouite is the unique reflection of the artisan that wove it.

Cream colored Moroccan boucherouite rag rug with colorful diamond pattern - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Cream colored berber throw rug with colorful details - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
White diamond Moroccan boucherouite rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Small kids' room Moroccan throw rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Moroccan boucherouite playroom rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Cream colored Moroccan boucherouite rag rug with colorful diamond pattern - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Cream colored berber throw rug with colorful details - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
White diamond Moroccan boucherouite rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Small kids' room Moroccan throw rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Moroccan boucherouite playroom rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs

As if there wasn't enough to love about Boucherouites, they're also easier to clean than their wool counterparts. Because most of them are made from cotton, when they get dirty, you can always toss them in the washing machine. We would still recommend washing on delicate and air drying, but at least you can rest assured that the colors won't run and the rug won't shrink.

The ability to easily clean these rugs is an added bonus for homes with kids, pets, or both. Oh, and did we mention kitchens and bathrooms? They also work great there. Because they're often smaller in size and lighter in weight, we would recommend pairing a rug pad with your boucherouite. It'll keep it from floating around the floor and give it a cushier feeling underfoot. Click the link below for our rug pad recommendations.

Rug Pads for Boucherouite rugs
HAJRA - Royal blue boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
HAJRA - Royal blue boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
HAJRA - Royal blue boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
HAJRA - Royal blue boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
HAJRA - Royal blue boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
HAJRA - Royal blue boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
HAJRA - Royal blue boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
HAJRA - Royal blue boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
HAJRA - Royal blue boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
HAJRA - Royal blue boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs

Browse Kantara's Boucherouite rugs

Browse through Kantara's complete collection of colorful Moroccan boucherouite rag rugs below. We try to keep several of these in stock at all times and we always have our eyes out for Boucherouites to add to the collection.

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Colorful tribal Moroccan boucherouite runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Contemporary Moroccan rag rug with geometric design - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful boucherouite berber runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Modern Moroccan rag rug with colorful geometric design - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Authentic colorful Moroccan boucherouite artisan rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful tribal Moroccan boucherouite runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Contemporary Moroccan rag rug with geometric design - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful boucherouite berber runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Modern Moroccan rag rug with colorful geometric design - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Authentic colorful Moroccan boucherouite artisan rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs

KENZA - Low pile Moroccan boucherouite runner with geometric pink border

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Colorful upcycled Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful cotton Moroccan entryway rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Medium sized colorful Moroccan berber rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful authentic Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful upcycled hand made Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful upcycled Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful cotton Moroccan entryway rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Medium sized colorful Moroccan berber rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful authentic Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful upcycled hand made Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs

LINA - Colorful Moroccan boucherouite rag rug

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Colorful art deco Moroccan berber runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Eclectic bohemian Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful asymmetrical Moroccan rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Abstract vintage berber runner rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Vintage boho colorful Moroccan boucherouite runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful art deco Moroccan berber runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Eclectic bohemian Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful asymmetrical Moroccan rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Abstract vintage berber runner rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Vintage boho colorful Moroccan boucherouite runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs

SAFAE - Abstract Moroccan boucherouite runner rug

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Pink abstract Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful vintage Moroccan boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Unique colorful Moroccan berber runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Pink vintage colorful Moroccan boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Pink abstract Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful vintage Moroccan boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Unique colorful Moroccan berber runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Pink vintage colorful Moroccan boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs

DIJA - Colorful Moroccan boucherouite rag rug runner

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Colorful Moroccan diamond rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful berber boucherouite throw rug with abstract pattern - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Moroccan rag rug with colorful diamond pattern - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Moroccan playroom rug with colorful details - Kantara | Moroccan Rug
Colorful Moroccan diamond rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful berber boucherouite throw rug with abstract pattern - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Moroccan rag rug with colorful diamond pattern - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Moroccan playroom rug with colorful details - Kantara | Moroccan Rug

MARIAM - Diamond-patterned Moroccan boucherouite rug

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Bright pink Moroccan rag rug with diamond pattern - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Pink Moroccan entryway rug with colorful details - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful pink Moroccan playroom rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Medium sized pink Moroccan kids' room rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Bright pink Moroccan rag rug with diamond pattern - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Pink Moroccan entryway rug with colorful details - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful pink Moroccan playroom rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Medium sized pink Moroccan kids' room rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs

DOUAA - Electric pink Moroccan rug with central diamond motif

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Some of our current favorites!

While many of our Boucherouite rugs have sold out already, we still have a few kicking around. Here's the rundown of our favorite pieces and what we love most about them!

Boucherouite runner in shades of teal, orange, and moss green

On this boucherouite, we're most taken by the abstracted diamonds daisy chained through the middle of the runner, outlined in pops of dusty rose and mossy green. This runner, with its secondary color palette sashays into the space with warmth and personality.

Colorful art deco Moroccan berber runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Eclectic bohemian Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful asymmetrical Moroccan rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Abstract vintage berber runner rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Vintage boho colorful Moroccan boucherouite runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful art deco Moroccan berber runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Eclectic bohemian Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful asymmetrical Moroccan rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Abstract vintage berber runner rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Vintage boho colorful Moroccan boucherouite runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs

A colorful abstract Moroccan Boucherouite throw rug

Notice at the center of this rug, the abstract motifs roughly in the shape of triangles and diamonds. These subtle homages to traditional Moroccan weaving remind us of a line written in an article titled "Ways of Imagination" by Elisabetta Longari. She writes how Boucherouite rugs are "visual displays of reinvented beliefs in traditions [that] seem to assert their strong independence from Western models."  In other words, Boucherouite weaving brings its own Moroccan weaving history into the modern world without conforming to Western art standards.

Colorful upcycled Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful cotton Moroccan entryway rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Medium sized colorful Moroccan berber rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful authentic Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful upcycled hand made Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful upcycled Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful cotton Moroccan entryway rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Medium sized colorful Moroccan berber rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful authentic Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful upcycled hand made Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs

A pink Moroccan Boucherouite with a geometric pattern

It's rare to see a structured pattern on a Boucherouite rug, which makes the neat rows of geometric motifs laid out on this Moroccan rug all the more unique! It's incredible to think that such an orderly pattern emerged from a complete mélange of recycled fibers. This reflects the high level of talent and artistry the rug weavers bring to their work. Elisabetta Longari writes how, "the wisdom inherent in the art of recycling is something that tightly binds the aesthetic dimension together with the ethical one." The development of Boucherouite weaving not only reflects the artistic wisdom of Moroccan weavers, but the practical intellect to adapt to a modern world. 

Pink abstract Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful vintage Moroccan boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Unique colorful Moroccan berber runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Pink vintage colorful Moroccan boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Pink abstract Moroccan boucherouite rag rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Colorful vintage Moroccan boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Unique colorful Moroccan berber runner rug - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs
Pink vintage colorful Moroccan boucherouite runner - Kantara | Moroccan Rugs

For more information about Boucherouite rugs, check out this beautifully illustrated book, written by by Arnaud Maurières. The Desert Design exhibition was part of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech in 2019. 

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