This colorful one-of-a-kind cactus silk rug was handwoven by the nomadic Berber tribe of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The rug’s saturated grey color and embroidered symbols reflect Berber tattoos indicative of the family who made it and the mountainous region where it was created.
Cactus silk is a textile comprised of an all-natural vegetable silk made from the agave plant (a variety of the cactus also known as sabra) found in the Saharan Desert. The process for creating the silk and weaving cactus textiles has remained the same over several centuries. Leaves from the sabra plant are crushed and soaked in water over several days to loosen their fibers, then washed and spun to make silk threads.
All cactus silk is dyed using natural vegetable dyes which allow for highly pigmented and colorful pastel and earthy hues. The weaving process is done entirely by hand on looms. Since the silk is lightweight, supple and sturdy, it is mostly used to create small scale carpets, poufs and pillow covers.
We love that each individual cactus silk has a story to tell about its origins and heritage. Our Cactus Silk rugs are a chic global accent that compliments any space.
This rug is approximately 4'9" x 7'8".
Our cactus silk rugs are authentic and high quality representatives of Berber craft sourced in the Moroccan souk. Due to their entirely handmade creation process, minor imperfections and color variations may be visible that speak to the handmade process and tell the story of its creator. No two cactus silk textiles are exactly the same.
All of our textiles are handcrafted using the finest natural materials. We recommend a light vacuum or warm iron for general upkeep. Please avoid direct or prolonged sunlight exposure. Blot any liquid spills immediately as they may stain cactus silk textiles. Professional dry cleaning recommended.