Portrait of a Berber lady weaving a carpet on a traditional loom
Portrait of key keeper Hassan’s wife weaving a carpet using a traditional loom, Taliouine province of the Souss Massa Draa, Southern Morocco, 2016-05-25.
Wool is at the heart of most rural communities in Morocco, with carpet weaving being carried out on traditional vertical and horizontal looms, which can be dismantled and taken from place to place.
The carpets are woven by hand, often by female artisans, taking hours or days depending on size and design. Traditions and culture differs within the native Amazigh and Berber tribes living across Morocco and the colors, patterns and designs of traditional Berber carpets vary.
The journey to find each agadir is really the fun part. Whether it’s stopping to meet interesting characters as you ask for directions in remote villages, finding yourself being invited to drink tea at a home during rains, or laughing as you weigh up the tales told by key keepers concerning the secrets of the agadirs, these incredible structures make for an amazing thread to any trekking route through the Anti Atlas.