Kantara, meaning "bridge" in Arabic, is deeply rooted in its commitment 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 rugs and pillows that both preserve the ancient weaving traditions and add a modern touch.
WHY MOROCCAN RUGS
Moroccan rugs are heirloom pieces that age incredibly well with time 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 the black and white, modern looking Beni Ourain rugs in the north, near Fes, to the colorful and abstract Azilal high pile rugs, to the low pile rugs of the Ait Ouaouzguite region in the Southern desert region of Morocco. While the process of weaving is the same throughout Morocco, the colors, textures, and patterns vary greatly from one region to the next.
Beyond the hand-knotted, thicker pile rugs, the artisans are also skilled at weaving geometric Moroccan kilims, boucherouite rag rugs, or the double-sided handira wedding blankets. The results 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 the rugs from popular design styles such as Beni Ouarain, boucherouite, and Azilal style. We also make a point of curating bold and eclectic Moroccan rugs that seemingly have no rhyme or reason. These are art pieces that are fully functional. In that sense, our collection is a healthy balance between the more muted Moroccan rugs that can fit seamlessly into any background, and the more bespoke one-of-a-kind finds.
All of our rugs are washed by professional cleaners before being shipped to Kantara's Los Angeles showroom.
If weather permits, do as they do in Morocco and hang your rug out in the sun to bake for a few hours, shaking out the dust and dirt before bringing it back into your home. You may vacuum your rug on both the top and bottom side of the rug, at least once a month. We recommend using the suction attachment, avoiding the rotating bristle brush, which may damage the rug’s delicate fibers.
For small stains, first spot clean your rug using paper towels and water at room temperature. Avoid using commercial products like shampoos or rug cleaners. As most of these rugs are made from wool, never wash the rugs in a washer/dryer. If the rug needs a deep cleaning, let the experts handle it. They will charge a set price per square foot and often offer discounts if you drop off and pick up in person. We have rug cleaning partners that we’ve worked with in both New York City and Los Angeles, so reach out if you would like a recommendation.
Rugs will fade over time in direct sunlight, so every few months, rotate your Moroccan rug to ensure even wear and tear. With high pile rugs, shedding is natural, the result of the loosening of fibers that were created while weaving. This will diminish over time.
In an answer -- 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 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. Benefit of our trade program include first look at all new products, and ability to memo rugs from our Los Angeles showrrom. Check out this page for more information on Kantara's Trade program.