Handmade Carpet Designs— Moroccan or is it Islamic?

Erika Chaudhary
4 min readJun 1, 2021

The truth behind Islamic handmade carpet designs

Everyone right now is into “Moroccan design” and Morocco has become a popular destination for design before (covid-19). However, what do we really mean by “Moroccan design”?

Handmade carpets in Morocco are made by the Berbers community which is wildly known. Handmade carpets from Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan are outstanding; they have a huge variety of people making them.

What’s more, a true handmade carpet is rare to find at the right price and a good selection in the West. La Galeria del Califa in Barcelona set itself a goal to correct that.

Some people say carpets are not my thing. If you love travelling, things that warm your soul and art then handmade carpets are your “thing”.

The humble Beginning

The history of handmade carpets dates centuries back and it’s amazing this skill exists today. The purpose of the handmade carpets at first was to make the home warmer as a floor covering. The handmade carpets would make the home warmer and it was protection from the cold and dampness.

The natural progression of this incredible art, craft and skill was passed and taught to the next generation. All the knowledge gained was through peace, war and all sort of turmoil. All of the motives you will find in the handmade carpets. As the trade of the handmade developed the designs and patterns of the handmade carpets expanded and became storytelling.

What is it today?

Today, the world has been creating various machine-made carpets which you will find everywhere. Handmade carpets, on the other hand, need to be found. Unless, of course, you are somewhere like Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries where they still make handmade carpets. Then, you’ll be able to stumble across a handmade carpet.

Once you do ‘stumble’ across a handmade carpet it captures your heart. Once, you fall in love with a handmade carpet the next big thing is how and where to place it. There are various claims about handmade carpets and they are referred to as “Moroccan design” or “Central Asia Designs” or even “East Designs” however, it simply…

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Erika Chaudhary

I am a writer who learned to code! I write about personal experiences within a humanist and global context. Find me on Twitter & Instagram @erikachaudhary