Comparing the Various Types of Moroccan Rugs

An Area Rug Buying Guide

If you’re looking to add an accent piece to your home that brings both character and beauty, use a Moroccan rug to enhance your decor. Historians speculate that the rugs have been made by indigenous Moroccans for millions of years, dating back to the Paleolithic Era, though they have only come to popularity in the Western world in the last century. These pieces were initially made for utility rather than decoration. In colder areas, rugs with thick piles served as bedding and adornments to keep people warm. In the warmer areas, thinner designs were abundant and also served as bedding or as saddle blankets.

Each of our Moroccan traditional rugs is hand-woven using unique textiles and fibers, and the end result is that no two are exactly the same.

Choosing a Moroccan Rug for a Room

Like all accent pieces, the size and type of Moroccan rug you need depends on the look and feel of the room, as well as the amount of available floor space you have. Coordinate the piece with your existing furniture to create a cohesive look. If your furniture style is warm and cozy, choose a Moroccan rug design that has a thicker pile to create a lush environment. If your decor is more on the warm side with wood or metal elements, consider a thinner, more colorful rug to add character and charm. Add a Moroccan-print runner rug to accent any hallway, and help protect your floors as well.

Type of RugUses and Decorating Tips
CircularCircular Moroccan rugs come in different circumferences ranging from two to six feet, though some are larger. Use them as a centerpiece in the middle of a room to tie furniture and decor elements together.
SquareSquare rugs come in many sizes and work well in a square room that has minimal furniture. It should serve as the focal point in a room. Change up the look by placing it at an angle and creating a diamond.
RectangularMore common than square rugs, rectangular units work well in any room, from the living area to the kitchen, or even as a bath rug. 
RunnerRunners are often several feet long. They work well in hallways to protect flooring in high traffic areas or just to add some character to a space. Thinner print runner rugs without backings make good table runners for a unique decoration. 

Beautiful Berber Carpets

One of the more popular types of Moroccan rugs is known as a Berber carpet. These tend to have a thicker pile and texture that results in a soft, luxurious feel. They go well with modern, contemporary, and country decors. Berber carpets come in geometric patterns and solid colors. They’re traditionally made with wool fibers from a specific breed of sheep using a hand-knotting method and were originally created for warmth. Modern Moroccan rugs typically use nylon and olefin fibers in place of this wool. 

One of the defining features of these area rugs is that they are stain resistant, so they work well in high-traffic areas. Due to the thick fibers, professional cleaning is the best way to maintain them and prevent damage.

Chindi and Kilim Varieties

If you’re looking for a thinner Moroccan rug, consider the Chindi or Kilim varieties. They feature materials such as cotton, wool, and jute, and tend to have more colorful options than Berber. Like other natural fiber rugs, they provide decoration, and you can even use them as a wall hanging or room divider instead of as an area rug to preserve the design. Chindi rugs have an array of colors woven in with no distinctive pattern. Kilim rugs incorporate a flat weaving technique using a loom and have geometric and freehand patterns that use a lot of colors. It's not uncommon to see baubles and beads woven through for added dimension. A gorgeous type of handcrafted print rug, these pieces are decorative elements that work with nearly any furniture style and decor.

Beni Ourain Rugs

Beni Ourain is a type of Moroccan rug that's designed to bring a touch of sophistication to a room. They come in neutral colors with elegant designs that stand out and subtly command attention. The beauty of these pieces is that they are all natural, from the color to the materials. They originated in the Atlas Mountains and contain only sheep's wool. They're one of the best Moroccan rugs to buy as they're completely handmade and it shows through in the imperfections that give each piece character. This type of Moroccan rug contains a thick pile that keeps your feet warm, making them ideal for use in rooms with hardwood or tile flooring.

There are many reasons you may choose to add a Moroccan rug to your home, whether it’s to safeguard carpet against high-traffic wear, add warmth to tile and hardwood floors, or add a splash of color and design to a room. Do your research to determine which type of rug is best, and have fun browsing through the many varieties of handcrafted area rugs we have available.