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  • 4 Effective Ways to Spot a Fake Moroccan Berber Rug

4 Effective Ways to Spot a Fake Moroccan Berber Rug

The Moroccan Berber rug is a decoration commonly seen in the interiors of Morocco. But it brings more than just beauty and comfort to your home—it is an integral part of the country's culture and is considered one of the finest jewels of the Moroccan craftsmanship. 

Berber Rugs

These Moroccan rugs have unique designs, intriguing motifs and symbols, and wise use of color. Because of these one-of-a-kind characteristics, their style is often imitated. 

Due to great demands for these carpets, you will find fake rugs in this style in almost all decoration stores, and some are sold by major international retailers under the name “Berber-style carpet.” This is especially true for the Beni Ourain wool rugs. 

An authentic Moroccan Berber rug can be the perfect addition to your humble abode. To help you stay away from low-quality, mass-produced carpets, here are some ways you can distinguish the authentic from the imitation:

Touch the rug

Genuine Moroccan Berber rugs are made of virgin 100 percent organic and natural wool. Imitations of affordable ethnic rugs, however, are usually made of wool and synthetic materials such as nylon, acrylic, polyester, viscose, and polypropylene.

Touch the Moroccan Berber rug. It should be pleasant to the touch. Stay away from cheap rugs that are made of polypropylene or “synthetic wool” as these are fake. This wool is industrial, but it does not have the same charm or silkiness as the artisanal one of a real rug. 

Burn a rug’s string 

A trick you can do to recognize a real Moroccan Berber rug from a fake one is to burn its string. 

A real Moroccan rug made of wool does not ignite. On the other hand, fake Moroccan rugs are made of cheap synthetic materials. Polypropylene fiber is toxic and highly flammable, so it will catch fire easily.

Turn the rug over

Authentic Moroccan Berber rugs are handmade, making every piece truly unique. These are originally manufactured for domestic use in the purest Moroccan tradition. 

To ensure that what you are trying to purchase is an authentic Moroccan Berber Rug, turn it over. The knotting on the back should be irregular, and it should also have a fringe to complete its design.

Check the price

Fake Moroccan Berber rugs are made with cheap materials, so they are much more affordable than the authentic ones. Generally, Berber-style wool carpets are cheaper than Beni Ourain than by $100 per square meter or by 10-25 percent. If you have a limited budget but want to get an authentic one, you can always settle for a smaller size. 

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for authentic Moroccan decorative rugs, explore our offerings. As a store owned by a native Berber, our mission is to bring rich Berber tradition and culture to every home. 

We take pride in our Beni Ourains, the most prestigious of the Berber rugs. They come in simple geometric designs and neutral colorways that add appeal to your space.


Moroccan Berber rugs are more than just aesthetically pleasing decorations; they are deeply rooted in the country’s culture and traditions. To bring those ancestral influences to your home, buy only from suppliers that offer authentic rugs

Showcase the rich tradition and culture of the Berber people to your home with our authentic Moroccan rugs. We sell decorative rugs worldwide. Place your order now!