Indigo Moroccan rugs look dramatic opposite bright whites and are less well known than red rugs from Morocco.
Indigo Moroccan rugs are made with dye from the Indigo plant. These are a full bodied, color-soaked variety of royal blue that has been prized in Asia and the Middle east for hundreds of years. In a contemporary home in Italy [top], this contrast is demonstrated with a kilim in an entry featuring bright white walls, floor planks and furniture. The multicolor chair is by Italian designer Massimo Morozzi.
This particular shade of blue used in flat-weave Moroccan rugs that is unlike any I have seen in Oriental rugs and these solid indigo-blue kilims. Dyed yarn hanging to dry in the Casablanca market shows the depth of indigo against the sky.
Looking in the opposite direction in the same bright white hallway there’s a similar kilim, this time in poppy red. In a previous post I wrote about how warm and earthy the red version is, noting the serene effect it had on the room — a stark contrast from its placement in this very modern home. This type of Moroccan rug is quite thin. Though referred to as a kilim, I would not describe it as such; at least not in the traditional sense. The rugs I have handled are smoother, without the nubby texture common in kilims. The rug’s softness is apparent by how easily it drapes across a table, bench, chest or back of a chair. Because they are lightweight, they are very easy to hang on the wall.
Note: when using a flat-weave rug on the floor, the best pad for keeping it securely in place would be one that is slightly tacky, like the Teebaud brand. Placing the rug on this type of pad also helps to smooth out any wrinkles due to its lightweight construction.
(Sources: Susanne Anette, Casablanca Market, At Casa, Apartment Therapy)
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