THE MAGIC OF THE LOOM
In the Amazigh culture women are the ones in charge of weaving these blanquets or Shadaoui. Formerly they were used as a protection from the cold of the mountains and when summer parties arrived they decorated the walls, nowadays they are use to cover the floors of the houses.
Tashka rugs are woven by heart without any previous drawing. Women use the typical geometric patterns from their Ouaouzguite tribe such as diamonds and zigzags which also appear on the their tattoos and jewelry. The technique of flat weaving and braiding is unique in Morocco and is transmitted orally from generation to generation.
Behind each rug there is no anonymous work, it is the talented hands of Malika, Fatima, Fadma, Karima, Ija, Khadija, Mazine, Habiba and Saida, among many other women that make possible the existence of Tashka rugs. They are our collaborators and the guardians of the Amazigh textile tradition.
Our production is limited and exclusive for an obvious reason, manual hours of work.
Homemade rugs direct to your home... without intermediaries.
In almost every house there is a vertical loom and the women themselves have built most of them. The weaving process is very laborious, depending on the length of the rug up to three women may be required just to create the warp. It is also very common to weave in groups or in shifts so the same rug may have passed through the hands of several women. Depending on the size and difficulty of the drawing, the making of a rug can last from weeks to several months, everything has its logic, besides weaving women take care of the house, the children, the domestic animals and work on the fields.
At Tashka we like to use sheep wool of the Siroua area of high quality and widely used in other areas of the country. We prefer natural undyed wool and get neutral tones (off whites, grays, browns and blacks) from yarn and carding it. Another of Tashka's projects is to recuperate traditional vegetal and mineral dyes. With tea, saffron and mimosa a wide range of yellows is achieved; from mint and henna the greens; of Indigo of the Sahara, the intense blue, and from pomegranate, a range from orange to red.