These Moroccan rugs are made by women from torn or reused clothing and lack the symmetry of typical Moroccan rugs. Boucharouites are true family archives: at a glance one can recognize the ‘djellaba’ of the grandfather long since passed away, and the shorts or the dress of a child happily married today.
Exclusively created by women these rugs escape the codes and communal signs that govern the patterns of traditional rugs. This makes them very personal creations, even though the loom invites some occasional input from neighbours.
The ‘economic’ factor – the cotton and synthetic fabrics used, being far cheaper than wool – largely contributed to the widespread adoption of Boucherouites across the country, while at the same time creating a strong connotation of a ‘poor man’s rug’.
Even though these rugs remain the pride of the women who made them. Symbols of poverty, these rag rugs have been kept hidden for a long time. Their designs are usually asymmetric and very colorful. Boucherouites surprise by the simplicity of their preparation and boldness of their composition, nowadays they are shown at numerous exhibitions and museums and modern art enthusiasts collect them.