The secret behind Moroccan Berber Symbol Rug

Moroccan rugs are the name of trendy and beautiful home décor items, which are handcrafted by the indigenous women weaver of the Berber tribe. These weavers take pride in every item they make with extraordinary patterns and symbols that actually speaks to you in their own language, you just need to comprehend.

These sought-after Moroccan Berber rugs have gathered the ultimate popularity for several valid reasons which includes non-symmetrical patterns, earthy characters, rich abstract impact, handwoven soft piles, stunning motifs, and creative symbols combined with the intricate stories based on the Berber rural lives.

Moroccan Berber symbol rug with motifs mean everything that starts with nomadic experience to the cultural events. Berber tribal weavers mostly remain independent and isolated with their weaving communities and have less time to move around to visit places. Maybe that’s the reason behind every Berber Symbol Rug that they telltale stories of their cultural occasions. But how would you know what these symbols signify? How to decode them?


Berber Symbol Rugs often depict fertility, protection, survival, sexuality, and the nature of the agricultural world. For instance, the lozenge is the most famous symbol of these Berber rugs that means a female.The M- shape, chevron, and X- shape are some of the other female fertilization symbols. Whereas, a large diamond shows a guardian protecting against the evil spirit. Additionally, the X shape also represents a body with spread-out legs and arms.

 Motifs that represent the male, are often straight lines, ribbons, sticks, ladder, and twigs. Male symbols are hard to find alone in the Berber symbol rugs, but interestingly can be found on the edges of the carpet representing the keeper of the female and family and a protector from the outside world.


What are these Berber symbol rug?

In most vintage Berber rugs you can find the symbols that are vintage and have lost their meanings. This is because the grandmothers and mothers passed through the motifs and symbols that were easy, and that’s the reason these M and X symbols with lines and diamonds are often found in every Moroccan symbol rugs. However, the vintage Berber rugs with intricate symbols are faded in history.

One of the other reason to not to pass those symbols to the new generation might be the personal meaning that those weavers really don’t want to pass on and yet we don’t know the meaning. One might get an idea about them if the songs and culture of the past can be comprehended or translate from the legendary Moroccan tribes. Berber symbols also are found in the tattoos which they used to weave in their carpets.

Symbols that we know like X, M, diamond, and line patterns are amazingly linked with the European cave art from the era of 30,000 to 10,000 BC. No matter if the Europeans are still using these symbols in any of their art, but definitely Moroccan weavers are going to use it further keeping their original motifs and symbols of the earliest times.