Kantara, meaning "bridge" in Arabic, is deeply committed to fair and ethical trade.
Since 2008, we have worked directly with the same weaving cooperatives in rural Morocco. Thanks to our longstanding relationship with these highly skilled Moroccan artisans, we are able to curate and design authentic rugs and pillows that both preserve the ancient weaving traditions and add a modern touch.
Moroccan rugs are heirloom pieces that age well and are embedded with the living histories of the weavers, the symbols of their tribal regions, and the markings of both traditional and modern rug designs.
Each tribal region in Morocco boasts its own weaving style- from modern black and white Beni Ourain rugs in the north, to the colorful and abstract Azilal high pile rugs, to the low pile rugs of the southern Ait Ouaouzguite region. While the process of weaving is the same throughout Morocco, the colors, textures, and patterns vary greatly from one region to the next.
The artisans we work with are skilled at creating hand-knotted, thicker pile rugs, as well as weaving geometric Moroccan kilims, boucherouite rag rugs, and double-sided handira wedding blankets. The results of this are colorful, eclectic, and bohemian rugs that are perfect for any home — from throw rugs to hallway runners to area living room rugs.
We carry a wide variety of rugs. There are rugs from popular design styles such as Beni Ouarain, boucherouite, and Azilal. We also curate bold and eclectic Moroccan rugs that seemingly have no rhyme or reason. These fully functional art pieces come together to form a collection that is a healthy balance of traditional Moroccan rugs and unique, one-of-a-kind finds.
All of our rugs are washed by professional cleaners before being shipped to Kantara's Los Angeles showroom.
Cleaning your Moroccan rug should not be a daunting task! The simplest and most effective method for routine rug maintenance is to follow the traditional Moroccan technique– hanging your rug to bake in the sun for a few hours, shaking out the dust and dirt before bringing it back into your home. Vacuuming and washing are also options for a deeper clean of your rug, but be careful! Any harsh techniques or products might damage the rugs fibers and/or dyes. To learn more about the basics of Moroccan rug maintenance, click here.
In short -- no! But you can custom order a rug with Kantara. The lead time is usually 8-10 weeks from when the artisans receive the final design.
The longer answer is that widths of Moroccan rugs are determined by the size of the loom, which is attached to an empty wall in the home or within the weaving cooperative. As a result, the size of the rug is usually determined by the length of the largest wall space. This often constrains vintage Moroccan rugs to widths that are smaller than six feet, or two meters. Length is never an issue, which often results in narrow, yet long, vintage rugs.
The lead time to custom order a rug is 8 - 10 weeks from when the artisans receive the final design.
With custom orders, we can recreate rug designs from Kantara's collection, or design a new rug based on your color and size preferences. Read more about the custom design process here.
Yes! We love working with designers, decorators, and folks in the trade. If you're interested in joining our trade program, we'll have you fill out a quick form. Benefits of our trade program include first look at all new products, and the ability to memo rugs from our Los Angeles showroom. Check out this page for more information on Kantara's Trade program.
Kantara offers free ground shipping on orders within the continental United States. Products are shipped out within 36 hours. For Los Angeles-based clients, we offer free rug delivery, which you can request at the checkout page. After you place your order, you will receive tracking information with estimated time of arrival. If you are interested in expedited or international shipping, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
If the rug you ordered isn’t exactly the right fit for you, there’s no need to worry! Once you receive your product, you have 24 hours to reach out and request a refund on any non-sale items. After 24 hours, we unfortunately cannot offer any refunds or exchanges. Once approved for your refund, you have 3 business days to ship your rug back to us in its original condition and packaging.
We received our custom Kharita style rug several weeks ago and right away put the pad down and then the rug and were absolutely astounded as it was more beautiful than we had imagined!
It was for my husband’s office and now he loves his personal space. The rug pulled the whole room together.
Alia is a gem to work with and to travel with on tours. We can’t say enough wonderful things about how accommodating she was to work with and I’m not easy... Thank you so much for our beautiful rug that also brings back lovely memories of our trip to Morocco.
We are IN LOVE with this beautiful white, pink, and yellow rug. It perfectly pulls together our daughter's playroom. Everything we have purchased from Kantara has been gorgeous and of superior quality, and I will continue to come back here for my home decor needs.
THANK YOU, Hunter!! And thank you for sending along the photos. I love seeing where the rugs end up, and your daughter's polar bear stuffed animal on the rug was the crème de la crème!