Moroccan rugs have been produced for over a thousand years. The Atlas Mountains in Morocco were a major trade route for caravans that went from the Sahara Desert over the Atlas Mountains to the African coastline. The tribal people of the Atlas Mountains have passed down traditional Moroccan carpet weaving techniques from generation to generation, and heavy pile Moroccan rugs were used in the snowcapped Atlas Mountains as sleeping mats, burial shrouds, saddle blankets, bed covers, and interior decorations.
Moroccan rugs can be rich in color or muted and minimalist. Moroccan carpets are traditionally abstract and have geometric patterns. Antique and mid-century Moroccan rugs are never over 7 feet wide, as the weavers were nomadic and had to move the looms during the winter and summer seasons. The popularity of Moroccan rugs has risen over the years, transcending their original practical purpose as decorative floor coverings.