The Ministry of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and Social Economy has launched, at the Solidarity Market of Casablanca, a pilot operation for the promotion and support for the marketing of the tribal carpet of the Taznakht region, under the theme “Taznakht, a carpet… a story”.
This operation, specifies the ministry, is part of the efforts to support operators in the sector throughout the value chain, in particular support for the marketing of craft products in order to facilitate their access to markets. and ensure an effective presence in the distribution channels. It particularly aims to highlight the production of cooperatives of women artisans in the Ouarzazate region and to promote their know-how while improving their income.
Also, this pilot operation features a hundred “Taznakht” rugs, produced by skilled weavers representing 7 cooperatives in the Ouarzazate region. These women, creators of works of art fruit of their fertile imagination, are nourished and inspired by their daily lives and the beauty of the landscapes in which they evolve. These Ouazguities “master craftsmen” contribute by their dexterity, agility and delicacy of the gesture to the preservation of this ancestral know-how.
At the origin of the beauty of the Taznakht carpet, a sheep breed renowned for the quality of its uniform white or black wool with a fleece of long hairs, smooth to the touch, clean and homogeneous. The quality of this carpet also results from the weaving technique perfected to the extreme and which makes the specificity of the Aït Ouaouzguit carpet.
The decorative repertoire of this type of carpet is varied, ranging from diamond, cross or square type designs, to representations of the natural and cultural environment. We thus find the use of many floral motifs, drawings of animals, sometimes almost imaginary, figures of the sun or stars or even strange drawings which are repeated like a secret leitmotif.
Several rites are practiced by the weavers during the preparation of these carpets, including the deposit of sugar, dates or raisins in the box where the woolen threads are stored.
This rite is used so that the weaving is fast, the designs are beautiful and symmetrical, and the carpet is quickly sold.
As a reminder, this exhibition-sale will continue until the end of the holy month of Ramadan.