TEXTILES FROM THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS
September 30 - November 9, 2016
Before the 20th century there was little commercial demand for Berber textiles outside of Morocco, and they were mostly made by women for domestic use, as bedding or blankets. Variations in style across different ethnic groups can often be attributed to practical concerns such as the climate. In the Middle Atlas, for example, a mountainous region with extreme conditions, weavers tend towards the warmth of high pile carpets. In more clement areas, one finds a fine weave and low pile. Generally, the designs are striking and simple, with patterns or symbols floating on a white or cream ground.
This selection, which includes rugs, a woman's ceremonial headscarf, and a saddle cover, was compiled by Gebhart Blazek, with whom the Gallery has previously collaborated.
The Douglas Hyde Gallery gratefully acknowledges the help and support of Gebhart Blazek and Berber Arts, Graz.