Flick through the pages of any interiors magazine from the last few years and it becomes hard to miss the Moroccan rug under almost every coffee table. The Berber, or more specifically the Beni Ourain, rugs are hand woven by the tribal peoples of the Rif Mountains where the heavy pile rugs have been used for centuries. Very subtle as they're mostly off-white with dark blue/black geometric patterns, a contrast to the familiar overtly patterned kilim, they're an easy addition to most interiors. The plush, deep-pile, woven wool lends an element of comfort and warmth whilst the triangular design is unimposing yet stylish.
Fortunately, it isn't necessary to trek for days into the mountains sourcing unique vintage carpets, in fact there are some high street stores now stocking affordable redesigned reproductions. However, the place to go for high-end originals is without doubt Larusi.
Founded by Souad Larusi, the company has been sourcing and collecting Berber rugs since 2000 and are the go-to place for style hunters searching for a piece of underfoot luxury. Unfortunately, their website doesn't give away the prices and you have to email for information, yet no doubt you will not be disappointed with the unique pieces on offer. www.larusi.com
Another great source for the real deal is Maroc Tribal. They have a gorgeous and varied selection of authentic rugs on their website coming in under the £1000 mark.