Collection: Berber Rugs

Shop our Berber rugs from North Africa, all handwoven or hand-knotted. Each handmade rug is one-of-a-kind, woven on a vertical loom. Master weaver Hocine Bazine and his team of weavers create traditional Berber wool rugs, using the handwoven methods and geometric motifs that have been passed down for generations.

Inquire about custom rugs .

Learn About Berber Rugs

What Are Berber Rugs?

Berber rugs come from the Berber, or Amazigh, tribes of North Africa and the Sahara region, such as Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Our Berber rugs come from Ghardaïa, Algeria, a UNESCO world heritage site where weavers work on a vertical loom to create sheep's wool rugs in a traditional style that has existed for centuries. Many rugs are flat-weaves with embroidered geometric designs. Other rugs are hand-knotted, where the weaver ties the yarn around the warp threads.

The History & Technique of Berber Rugs

Rug weaving in North Africa has existed for centuries within Berber tribes. Some tribes were nomadic, while others settled in villages or led semi-nomadic lifestyles.

Traditionally, women took up the craft, weaving rugs for practical everyday use, including bedding and saddle blankets. The unique style of each rug reflected its purpose and the surrounding environment. In mountainous terrains, high-pile rugs provided warmth, while a flat-weave technique in the Sahara desert could be used to seal or decorate their tents. Because of the isolation of many of these tribes, ancient weaving practices have been preserved.

To weave a rug using methods that have existed for centuries, a weaver hand-spins the sheep's wool or another local fiber. It is common to see whites, grays and other natural colors from the sheep. When weaving with a more colorful palette, they use natural dyes from flowers, herbs, fruits, roots, and seeds. On the loom, they hand-knot the yarn for a piled rugs, or weave for a flat rug.

Berber Rugs Materials & Quality

Our Berber rugs are made to last. They are all handmade by artisans with sheep's wool and pearl cotton. Wool material creates the highest quality of Berber rugs, which is why they are more expensive than synthetic options. In general, wool rugs with tightly woven fibers are some of the best rugs for high-traffic areas because of their durability. They are also generally non-toxic and hypoallergenic.

Cleaning a Handmade Wool Berber Rug

To maintain our handmade Berber rugs, we recommend dry-clean only to prevent the dyes from bleeding.

Vacuum using the handheld extension, or without the brush roller to increase the longevity of your rug.

For spot cleaning stains, use gentle cleaners, such as a combination of equal parts white vinegar and warm water. With a fresh cloth, brush, or sponge, blot the stain a little bit at a time with the mixture, and then blot with a dry cloth. Lay the rug flat to dry to prevent the dyes from bleeding. Do not hang dry.

View our detailed guide on cleaning rugs.

The Artisan Behind Our Berber Rugs

The skilled artisans who craft our Berber rugs are Hocine Bazine and his team of weavers. They hand-make each rug, using locally sourced wool and cotton.

All of his rugs are hand-crafted. A hand-woven rug can take about a month for a weaver to create, while hand-knotted rugs can take a few months to complete. Learn more about Hocine Bazine and his process.

Patterns of Berber Rugs

Many rugs tell a visual story through intricate traditional patterns and symbols that convey aspects of Berber culture, spirituality, and daily life. The same symbol may change meaning over time, or even from region to region.

In the region where many of our rugs come from, it is custom for a bride’s mother and grandmother to make rugs for her new home. Many of the patterns represent an item the bride will have in her new home, such as the wedding bed, jewelry, or a suitcase.

Finding the Perfect Berber Rug for Your Room

Berber rugs are great for any room in your home, and is most common in bedrooms, hallways, family rooms, and living rooms. When choosing the ideal Berber rug for your space, several factors can help you find the perfect rug:

  • Size of the rug and its location in the room
  • Colors that you would like to complement or accent in the space
  • Style of the rug and room's decor
  • Most importantly, a rug you love is always the perfect choice. We think of rugs as useable art. Like your favorite wall hanging art piece, it will bring out different textures and aspects of the room on its own.

Padding Under A Berber Rug

Laying a rug pad under your Berber rug is a great way to extend the life of your rug investment. The pad keeps your rug in place and keeps the rug flat. This is especially important for handmade rugs to keep the sides of your rug in place.

Thicker rugs needs thicker pads, while thinner rugs can have thinner pads.

All Rug Purchasing Options

Be 100% Certain You'll Love Your Berber Rug.

Custom Berber Rug Orders

Our partnering artisans offer custom orders to meet the specific style and needs of your space. You'll get a one-of-a-kind handmade rug that is woven to last.

How to Get Your Perfect Rug

Get inspired.

Browse our current selection to find your favorite colors, patterns, and styles.

Get connected.

Reach out to us with any ideas you have for your dream rug. If you're unsure, we can advise you through the process.

Email: info@elmaexchange.com

Call: +1-720-826-9918

Get ready for the rug of your dreams.

Once we've confirmed the price, style, color, and size of your dream rug, your unique rug will take about a month or more for the artisan to complete.

At Home Viewings in Colorado

Make your home the showroom, and be certain you're buying the perfect home decor with a personalized viewing of our products.

We bring the rugs and textiles right to your door! You'll get to see how the items look in your home before making a purchase.

If you're not sure which one of our rugs or home decor is right for your space, we will come to you! You'll get to see the items right in your home before making a purchase.

What is Elma Exchange?

Elma Exchange is a home goods store that celebrates artisans who create traditionally made rugs and textiles with sustainable practices.

How to Get Your Perfect Rug or Home Textile

Get inspired

Browse our current selection to find your favorite items.

Get connected

Call, text, or email us to schedule a home viewing. Let us know the rugs, blankets, and table settings that you're interested in.

Email: info@elmaexchange.com

Call: +1-720-826-9918

Get ready for the room of your dreams

We'll bring all items right to your door! All you have to do is decide which one is perfect for your space.

We accept all forms of payment including credit card, check, cash, and Venmo. If you are paying with a check, please make it out to Elma Exchange LLC.

Return Policy

We want to make sure you will be 100% satisfied with your purchase, so please make your selections carefully and ask questions via email at info@elmaexchange.com or call us at 720-826-9918

We have a 14-day return policy, which means you have 14 days after receiving your item to request a return. We do not cover shipping for returns and there will be a 25% restocking fee.