About Us

WOVEN HISTORY 

INTRODUCTION

Textile production includes clothing, weaving and embroidery. It is the most ancient (the oldest preserved item goes back to
1787) but rich tradition and the art of it appears in shawls, blankets, rugs tent bands, sacks, pillows, mats, … All of them exists in
different sizes and colors and it is very common that one carpet for example often combines several techniques, knots, looms
and textile.
The name given to a specific type of rug is related to the region or the city it was produced in. Every unique piece presents
peculiarity on technical level (a.o. knot density, the type of dye used and the type of fiber used) and in aesthetics related to each
region. The main division can be made between rural and urban carpets. The time needed to finish a carpet depends on many
factors (such as technique) but in general it takes 1-2 months.
Textiles indicate the wealth, social status and religious background of the weaver but it also shows the daily life of a tribe. They
might have a practical and ceremonial function at the same time and as such gain a sacred status, cfr. the handira (wedding
blanket) or textiles made for funerals.
In the beginning textiles were only made for own use, sometimes with multiple function. Rugs, for example, were (and are) used
as roof, door, wall or partition. Later on it became a trading product with economical value.

COLLECTIONS

A general introduction on Moroccan textiles welcomes the visitor at the entrance of the first room. The jewelry collection and
the traditional clothing corner give a little impression of what local people were dressed like in the past.
In a live weaving demonstration people can watch a Berber woman work on a carpet; like this the visitor gets a better idea of
the techniques and materials being used & how much effort, concentration and practice is required.
Further on more info is given on subjects as ‘rug lexicon’, ‘fibres, yarns and fabrics’(illustrated by the tools being used) , ‘rural
and urban carpets’, and ‘symbology’, surrounded by various urban carpets and plenty of related decoration.
The master pieces are shown in a separate corner on the way to the first floor.
Every carpet is accompanied by an information leaflet.
In the 2 nd part of the exhibition visitors can observe rugs from the Middle and High Atlas as well as a selection of kilims.
The coffee and tea corner in the Berber tent on the first terrace is created for those who need a break or want to quench thirst,
others may continue their visit by entering the picture and/or video room.
Going one more level up to the biggest terrace gets rewarded with a wonderful view on the Ourika region.
Before heading home the public is invited to leave their own artistic signature on the collective loom in the last room. For
people who don’t trust their creative skills our little library is waiting…

Mr. JOUTI BOUJEMAA

 

Throughout his career, he was able to collect textiles unreleased masterpiece from the four corners of the kingdom browsing desert, mountains and fertile plains.

 
These works reflect the diversity of Moroccan culture rich with the influences of several civilizations: Berber, Arab, Jewish,
Andalusian, Mediterranean and African.

THE MUSEUM

The museum covers over 1200m2 and is organized into showrooms combining separate each origin: Middle Atlas, High Atlas, Cities, Haouz, Sahara and Oriental.

It also outlines the ingenious utensils and objects used for spinning and dyeing and a demonstration of weaving and knotting is
made in the tradition in order to better approach this ancient human art.
The terraces with panoramic views give you the time to absorb everything and to enjoy the Ourika valley and the mountains of
the Anti-Atlas.