M&Otto’s luxurious Beni Ourain, Azilal and Gharb pillows and rugs bring a bold and artistic spirit to modern interiors. We’ve ventured deep into Morocco to find highly experienced Berber women to weave our pillows and rugs. The master weavers of the renowned Beni Ourain, Azilal and Gharb tribes tackle each design with personal creativity and traditional skill, passed on to them through multiple generations of talented women. They use only the finest wool from sheep that freely graze.
Our gorgeous collection of Beni Ourain, Azilal and Gharb butter cream, charcoal and chocolate weavings with archaic motifs to this day tell the story of village life of the Berber tribes.
“If you come here, you will find a hidden treasure.”
– Paolo Coelho
From the 1920’s to the 1960’s, artists, architects and interior designers discovered the spontaneous artistic quality of the Berber weavings. Their minimalist abstract forms and authenticity captured the attention of Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, and Arne Jacobsen, to name but a few. Each thought the carpets a perfect companion for the clean lines of modernist architecture and design. In a comparable vain, artists such as Paul Klee and Henri Matisse, who sought to return to simple, abstract, geometric forms, were also drawn to the natural originality of the Berber textiles. Beni Ourain was also popular with women of bold tastes, such as Frances Adler Elkins, the decorator of choice during the 1930’s and Doris Duke, the heiress with a passion for modern architecture and bohemian decor.
‘Do as the Berber do: marry imagination to the most recognisable geometry’.
– Le Corbusier
TIMELESS AND MODERN
The Berber weavings contain a sense of energy and soul that is the result of their rich history. They offer up the highly appealing combination of textural sensuality and bold visual pleasure that make them a powerful and versatile choice for many an interior. Today’s interior designers use the Moroccan rugs to bring tactile comfort and aesthetic appeal to their interiors. Giving a modern interior a sense of warmth and softness. The mix of modern and historic that appeals to the fashionable and creative urbanites, has spurred the demand for these rugs making the true quality harder to find. Yet at M&OTTO Design we only offer just that.
‘Beauty is above genius, because it does not require understanding.’
– Oscar Wilde
With the growth of popularity of Berber carpets, industrial reproductions of low quality wool and dyes (made in China, Egypt, India and Turkey) now abound. The irregular knotting and special design touches added by the weaver to mark her cushion or carpet are signs of a genuine Berber craftsmanship. We help maintain an art form and tradition and provide Berber villages with an income to sustain growth and development, ensuring they receive a fair price for their work.