moroccan boucherouite rug

boucherouite rug

Boucherouite Rug is the home of vintage handmade moroccan area rugs. With all Handwoven Kilim, area rugs, pillows, beautiful beni ourain rugs , Tuareg mats and kilim Pillows that we carry, let our home reflect the look of your home. The quality and originality of our Moroccan Rugs are second to none. Take a look at our multiple & different styles, colors, and textures that will give your house, apartment or office the trendy look that it deserves.Vintage Berber rugs inspired by the beauty of the Atlas Mountains, Tribal Handwoven carpets, and Bohemian Authentic beni ouarain Berber carpets are just a few choices that you can choose from All our Moroccan carpets are handmade and inspired by the cultural influences of Morocco.

vintage boucherouite rug

Here’s a Scrabble game-ender for you: “boucherouite.” The 12-letter tongue-twister is a very real word in the dictionary (it’s pronounced boo-shay-reet). In fact, it’s the word that describes the crazy-colorful Moroccan rugs we are obsessing over these days. “Boucherouite rugs, or ‘Boucherwit’ in Arabic, are the most recent Moroccan rugs to be commercialized—their popularity rose in the ’90s,” explains Stephanie Hebert, founder of online shop Baba Souk, where she sells a rainbow of such rugs, plus a bunch of other cool finds. “At first, they were not intended to be sold as they were mostly used by the Berbers themselves in their own homes, as modest domestic carpets. Some called them ‘rag rugs’ as they are made of various recycled pre-used clothing or textile scraps.”


A Moroccan BOUCHEROUITE RUG is made for domestic use out of recycled scraps of nylon, cotton, and sometimes wool. The weaver’s loom can become the ground of a passionate struggle between self-expression and the chaos of the unconscious, between the life-force of kinship ties and ancient traditions and the trials of modern life.

In small villages in the southern regions of Morocco, the women paint their hands and feet with abstract saffron-colored motifs, wear ornate dramatic jewelry, and weave carpets that are expressive of profound emotion – at once unconscious and spiritual, archetypal and primal, tribal and symbolic. In the often economically and culturally isolated, provincial homes where the Boucherouite is made, the domestic culture is curiously supportive of the weaver’s total freedom of expression through her craft.

boucherouite rag rug

BOUCHEROUITE or BOUCHARWEIT is Pronounced boo-sher-WET, it is the art of hand-loomed colorful vintage rag rugs made up out of ‘ clothing fabric scarps ‘ by village women in remote Moroccan Berber tribes, around cities like: Marrakesh, Beni Mellal and Azilal. Genuine Boucherouite rag rugs solely and exclusively originate from Morocco Atlas mountains villages.

moroccan boucherouite rag rug

In these, often very modest, households, the Berber women weave carpets out of discarded scraps of material. A thousand scraps of cotton, nylon and occasionally wool are woven into these fabulous decorative creations.

Some of the world’s most colorful rugs are Moroccan Boucherouites. Not only are the Boucherouite rugs colorful, but they have also been, for the last several years, one of the world’s most popular.

vintage moroccan boucherouite rug

Bazaar Living has a delightful selection of these extravagantly colorful rugs. Like with all Moroccan rugs the Boucherouite comes with an interesting story of its origins.

Unlike the majority of Moroccan rugs that have traditions going back in many cases thousands of years, the Boucherouite is a recent creation. It’s advent in the 1960’s came out of both creativity and necessity.

Moroccan Boucherouite rugs have historically been woven out of wool. Many tribal families had origins as goat herders and shepherds. With the men tending their flocks, the woman used the wool cut from their sheep as the main fabric.

boucherouite rug black and white

With more and more traditional shepherds in Morocco giving up their nomadic lives for different forms of animal husbandry and farming, the former abundance of wool has become scarcer.

The Boucherouite comes from a Moroccan phrase that translates to “a piece torn from pre-used clothing.” Boucherouite rugs are made totally from scraps of old nylon, cotton and wool textiles. Although maybe not its original intent, the Boucherouite just might have been one of the world’s first fully recyclable household decors!

boucherouite kilim rug

There are no rules for the design of a Boucherouite. They are all different in their blend of fabrics, colors, and pattern. Depending on the textiles available a Boucherouite can be bright and vibrant or a little more subtle and pastel.

vintage moroccan rag rug boucherouite

While many refer to Boucherouite Moroccan rugs as “rag rugs,” that description might be used as a more endearing than critical description.

If you want a truly one of a kind vibrant and colorful free form rug that was weaved from 100% recycled materials, please visit our collection of whimsical and colorful Boucherouite rugs.

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Moroccan Boucherouite rugs are woven by Berber tribal women for domestic use in the home. The word Boucherouite stems from the Moroccan Arabic bu sherwit meaning “a scrap from used clothing”. Indeed these whimsical works of art are made from recycled cloth and are both durable and warming to any space. Easy to clean, a Boucherouite rug is suitable for spaces experiencing heavy foot traffic. The humble origins of these rugs serve only to accentuate the remarkable nature of the finished products. Upcycling at its highest level, the talented Berber weaver makes art out of scraps. The unique design and captivating colors of this piece make it a rare artistic addition for any space. Measurement does not include the fringe.

vintage boucherouite moroccan wool rug

Boucherouite rugs are a riot of colour – pinks, blues, reds and yellows – all jostling for attention in wildly exuberant patterns, sometimes geometric, sometimes totally abstract. Boucherouite is a Moroccan term for “rag”. Typically, these colourful rugs were made from a variety of recycled textile rags.

moroccan boucherouite rug

Beldi Boucherouite rag rugs all handmade vintage pieces which were made for domestic use in Berber homes. Quite unlike new ones, which are all produced in co-operative workshops for the tourist market.

moroccan rug boucherouite

Machine-washable and easy to maintain. If you’re looking for something chunky, funky and fun to brighten up your home then a Boucherouite rug is for you!


We make custom rugs to suit everyone’s needs. We do custom choice designs, and rugs of any size or color by request.

We will go the extra mile to make sure that you are truly satisfied!


Our shop offers wholesale prices with your order of 5 rugs or more. Please inquire within for details.