Tribal rugs

For more than 20 years now, we have scoured remote areas of the Arab world in search of handcrafted textiles. The fruits of this work have been displayed in major exhibitions and recorded in their catalogues. Examples include: ‘Au fil du désert’, a journey through nomadic weaving across the Mediterranean world; ‘Reines de Saba’, a unique insight into women’s clothing in the Yemen; ‘Maroc, tapis de tribus’, a look at contemporary Moroccan rug designs; and ‘Tapis et textiles du Maroc à la Syrie’, an exhibition of the finest pieces in Maurières/Ossart’s collection, now acquired by the Musée Bargoin in Clermont-Ferrand.

For the past five years, we have concentrated on the southern reaches of the Moroccan desert, and formed lasting relationships with the women weavers of the Aït Khebbach tribe. Their surprisingly modern designs have supplied the material for a major travelling exhibition and a detailed published guide to the rugs and blankets of the region – many of which are now available to buy for the very first time.




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Buy «Maroc, couleur désert»

First reference on carpets and textiles contemporary Aït Khebbach, this book offers a journey into the eastern desert of Morocco through the sublime photographs of villages, tents and mud houses, portraits of the weavers and an inventory of the first woven carpet these women.

To buy it

Send a check 30€ (book prices + postage and packing) in order Ethnistory at the following address:

E. Ossart
2 rue du Cotaire
38120 Saint Egrève