“Language is the essence of one’s ethnicity, one’s roots”… hence the reason my father wanted me to learn how Berbers communicate. When I was in fourth grade, he sent me to live with my Aunt in the high mountains, the area now known as the Middle Atlas. As an artisan weaver she tasked me with measuring the living rooms of her customers. With pride and curiosity, I walked heel-toe across the rooms just as my aunt had taught me. She and her artisan friends wove the finest rugs and as I watched them work the looms, sometimes pulling thread gracefully and other times forcefully, I learned not only the spoken language of the Berber, I learned the visual language.
I wanted to go back to my Berber roots and be more creative in design and weaving, to produce imaginative designs and nurture the tradition of these fine, artistic, bohemian textiles and rugs.
The idea behind Atlas Weavers was to share this art and its abstract meaning with the world, helping to preserve the Berber heritage and ancient weaving skills of the indigenous Moroccan tribes. Creating jobs, reinvesting in the local community and supporting the development of thriving artisan weaving communities by protecting the environment in which they live and work allows our families to flourish in the future. As a Moroccan American and Berber, I am committed to reducing illiteracy in my community. We provide a school and teachers so weavers’ children can learn to read and write and in this way work towards eliminating poverty in the Atlas Mountain communities. Every commission brings me closer to this dream.
Atlas Weavers is a fair trade project.
We offer various designs and sizes in our online shop as well as custom orders with bespoke designs to any dimension. We work closely with interior designers and rug retailers to ensure optimum quality and customer service.
Atlas Weavers is committed to delivering beautiful, long lasting textiles. By doing so, we are passing our tradition to your home.