Circular carpets: Boucherouite

Boucherouite, beautiful pieces of art made of scraps from used clothing.

Today the revolution of Boucherouite may not be fueled by scarcity, but abundance. In the last few years, some concepts have made its way using Boucherouite as an artistic solution to the leftovers of western Materials, and we guess with more to come. One of those beautiful examples is Carpet of Life, a design label that transforms your old, but beloved wardrobe into a vibrant Boucherouite carpet. The Boucharouite Project is a collaboration between designer Calla Haynes and a group of Moroccan artisans, repurposing textiles originally created for the luxury fashion industry. 

Boucherouite,: the eclectic, colorful and handmade carpets of Morocco are traditionally made from torn and reused clothing by Berber women in North Africa, and although they have long made their way into the worldwide design culture—since a few years new concepts combining Boucherouite and textile leftovers of an over-materialistic Western existence, have also made its way into the new circular design world.

Unlike many of Morocco’s other well-known rug styles, the Boucherouite rug, meaning “a scrap from used clothing,” is only a few decades old. This new style of rug making first emerged in the 60′s and 70′s as a result of the French invasion into Morocco in the early twentieth century that led to the restricted freedom in movement for Berber groups and towards a more sedentary way of life. 

This transition was accompanied by an increased scarcity of wool, the material that generally was used to make carpet, and had to be replaced if the Berber women were to continue to be able to provide usable rugs for their households. They started to use strips or unraveled fibers of older textiles, such as clothing or worn out rugs, to create something new. 

photo credit Carpet of Life

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see The Boucharouite Project