Amazigh Rugs

 

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The true art–masterpieces, really–of North Africa are its people.  Warm, wise, and resilient, I am privileged to have spent time with all the Tunisians I’ve met.

Though this region is widely portrayed as a part of the ‘Arab world’ and associated with the Middle East, it is a misconception that Arabs are indigenous to North Africa. There is an extensive ‘non-Arab’ population in North Africa, the true indigenous people: the Amazigh.  Arabic and Amazigh cultures and genetic lineages have blended together, as North Africa has been colonized again and again by conquering peoples and nations, including the Arabs.  With nothing but regard for the wisdom and warmth of the Arabic culture, I am still most personally compelled by–and was energetically called to–the lineage of the Amazigh.  And, for me, that call originated from the land of Tunisia.

The Amazigh, plural Imazighen, is a word which means “free people” in the indigenous Tamazight language. Among outsiders, the more common – though incorrect – name for Imazighen is Berber, a term largely rejected by Imazighen for its negative connotations. It’s related to the word ‘barbarian’.

Although various sources claim there are approximately 30 million self-identified Imazighen, this is a very low estimate considering at least 60% of the Moroccan population identifies as Amazigh, translating to a conservative 18 million in Morocco alone.  Within the Amazigh ethnic group, there are various regional sub-groups like the Kabyles, Rifians, and Tamasheq (also known as Tuareg).  Though some of the North African tribes are still nomadic, most Imazighen have settled in villages, towns, and cities.  The tribal lineage is matrilineal and the feminine principle, as well as women, are held in deep reverence.  My experience is that, among the Imazighen, there is also an intrinsic connection to earth cycles and energies, as well as an intrinsic awareness of our connection to the unseen realms and star families.   When the Amazigh ancestors started calling me energetically, they imparted specific light codes which have been held in the lands of North Africa, below the earth, and disseminated in the remaining tribal arts, specifically rug weaving and jewelry-making. I was requested to help disseminate these codes.  I joyfully have answered that call.

I am currently working with Tunisian merchants, but it is my long-term goal to help organize and partner directly with rug weavers (traditionally women) and tribal artisans, and form a cooperative selling fair-trade goods.  If you have any interest in supporting this effort, or any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to contact me: theresa.luttenegger@gmail.com.

Below is a sampling of merchandise for sale.  A commercial website is in the works, but a ways off.  All jewelry is shipped for free. Shipping fees apply to rugs.

Contemporary Amazigh Kilim, hand-knotted/woven from camel hair wool and dyed with vegetable dyes, 3’10” by 6’3″, $333

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Contemporary Amazigh Kilim, hand-knotted/woven from camel hair wool and dyed with vegetable dyes, 5’5″ by 7’8″, $444

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Contemporary Amazigh Kilim, hand-knotted/woven from camel hair wool and dyed with vegetable dyes, 5’8″ by 7’10”, $555 [A note about the gray colored background of this rug.  The undertone of the gray is more of an olive color, than a bluish hue.  It’s a bit difficult to differentiate in the photos.]

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Contemporary Amazigh Kilim, hand-knotted/woven from camel hair wool and dyed with vegetable dyes, 2’7″ by  5’4″, $188. The green color is very unusual.

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Contemporary Amazigh Kilim, hand-knotted/woven from camel hair wool and dyed with vegetable dyes, 5’7″ by  7’6″, $488

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Contemporary Amazigh Kilim, crafted from camel hair wool and dyed with vegetable dyes, 2’5″ by  4’10”, $222.

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Contemporary Amazigh Kilim, hand-knotted/woven from camel hair wool and dyed with vegetable dyes, 2’7″ by  5’4″, $188.

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Vintage Amazigh Kilim, hand-knotted/woven from camel hair wool and dyed with vegetable dyes, 3’7″ by 6’6″, SOLD 

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Vintage Amazigh Kilim, hand-knotted/woven from camel hair wool and dyed with vegetable dyes, 3’10” by 6’2″, SOLD

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