from the verdant mountainous middle atlas range down to the arid southern limits, kantara specializes in moroccan

rugs that come from the rural villages where life revolves around handwoven car pets, the tea-time traditions, and living of f the land

stretching down along the spine of Morocco’s middle atlas mountains is the route of one thousand kasbahs, a breathtaking road that showcases ancient Amazigh towns crumbling under the weight of time hidden within these villages are master female weavers who singlehandedly preserve Morocco’s weaving culture

route of 1,000 kasbahs

one thousand kasbahs

magic carpets
while Morocco is known for its rich tradition of hand made artisan goods, weaving is the only craft that is performed solely by women with designs inspired by their indigenous Amazigh roots, women throughout Morocco have perfected the art of woven carpets that speak of their life, their religion, and their culture understanding weaving in rural morocco allows a rare glimpse into the lives of these women who center their lives around their moroccan rugs: the designs come from their family lineage, the wool for their carpets come from the sheep that they raise, the techinical skills are passed down from grandmother to mother to daughter, generation after generation

if weaving culture makes up one part of village life, food and drink make up the other side. breaking bread is a tradition that Moroccans have perefected in the form of flatbreads from clay-ovens dipped in freshly pressed olive oil and paired with aromatic moroccan mint tea.

moroccan mint tea

Alia Kate holds a B.A. from Oberlin College in International Relations with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. She has been living and working in Morocco intermittently since 2005. Alia has become fluent in Arabic adding to her existing knowledge of both French and Spanish. Knowledge of these languages are critical in the relationships that are essential to Kantara.

www.kantaracrafts.com akate@kantaracrafts.com facebook.com/moroccorugs @MoroccanRugs

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