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Berber carpet as a stylish home accessory

The Berber carpet is undoubtedly one of the hottest furnishing trends and is already considered a classic carpet by many.

Berber carpets have a long tradition

The Berber carpet has its origins in the very north of the African continent: in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The Berber tribes, who lived as nomads, wove and knotted these robust wool carpets here generations ago. Their name is derived from this ethnic group who created this type of carpet. Originally these carpets were woven by hand. Knotting as a manufacturing technique only became established in the 20th century.

The carpets are made of robust, natural virgin sheep's wool, which protected the nomads from wind and cold . These carpets were used as blankets, underlays and also as wall hangings in the tents for numerous tasks.

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Symbolism and design of Berber carpets

Traditional motifs adorn the knotted work made from virgin wool: triangles, diamonds and tribal symbols are typical of a Berber carpet. These differ depending on the region and tribe affiliation. This allows conclusions to be drawn about the manufacturer and production region. What all Berber carpets have in common is the typical asymmetrical pattern , which still makes them a decorative home accessory today.

Differences can be found in the colors. Most of them have a wool-white base tone , which acts as a contrast to the dark motifs; However, depending on the region, there are also variants with a different color scheme. Yellow, red or orange tones predominate , which are made from virgin wool dyed with vegetable dyes.

Selection of suitable collections

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Works of art made from pure new wool

A Berber carpet is made of pure, hand-knotted new wool in natural tones. Mostly in off-white, beige or light brown - black versions are only rarely found - the wool is natural, i.e. washed and combed, but usually not dyed.

The inimitable character of the carpets lies in the asymmetrical designs. Various geometric motifs form clear patterns that are interrupted by decorations with various animal and tribal symbols.

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The material used for traditional Berber carpets is high-pile wool fibers , which give the deep-pile carpets their characteristic “shaggy” look. A Berber carpet made of virgin wool represents a special tactile experience and represents real Berber carpet quality.

An important quality feature is the knotting. Classic Berber carpets from North Africa often only have a low density of 25,000 to 50,000 knots per square meter . If treated roughly, the carpets will quickly lose their wool.

To get around this problem, Mischioff has its own Berber carpets produced in Nepal. These Nepal carpets are similar to the originals both visually and in terms of craftsmanship, but have significantly better product properties.

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Berber carpets from the traditional Swiss company

The design of the Berber carpets in the Mischioff collections are based on the North African originals. Hand-knotted and made from high-quality virgin wool, they are in no way inferior to real Berbers. Our carpets have a smooth, low pile, which makes the carpets significantly easier to care for than their “shaggy brothers”.

The careful and fine knotting of the high-quality highland wool also gives the Mischioff carpets greater stability , which the originals lack despite the Berber craftsmanship. Mischioff's Berber carpets are very robust, easy to care for and hard-wearing and therefore meet the highest demands.

Our collections offer the right solution for private living areas as well as for highly frequented areas in project areas. We would be happy to introduce you to our Berber carpets in more detail - discover our extensive range of decorative, hand-knotted carpets.

Rustic Berber carpet made from 100 percent virgin wool

If you are looking for a pure, natural wool carpet, you will find it in the Marouk Collection at Mischioff. A Berber carpet from the Marouk design line is made of 100 percent pure new wool and has a natural look.

The model for the decorative play of shapes are the classic Berber patterns in a modern interpretation . In various basic colors, from the Berber carpet in beige, blue and gray to the Berber carpet in black, the collection offers a large selection to suit a wide range of tastes.

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Highland wool from the Himalayas

The new wool used comes from the highlands of the Himalayas and has a very gentle and easy-care character .

The careful processing with around 93,000 knots per square meter ensures that these carpets neither fluff nor lose wool . Rather, they offer a rustic but modern look and can be integrated into a wide variety of interiors.

Popular sizes for Berber rugs

Your custom-made Mischioff Berber carpet can be ordered in your individual desired size. The most popular sizes include:

  • Berber carpet 160×230 centimeters
  • Berber carpet 200×200 centimeters
  • Berber carpet 200×300 centimeters
  • Berber carpet 250×250 centimeters
  • Berber carpet 300×300 centimeters
  • Berber carpet 300×400 centimeters

Please contact us if you would like a specific size. The Berber carpet can also be made in round . Before you buy a Berber carpet, you can get advice from us and receive sample samples . Depending on your wishes, you will also receive information about cleaning and the price of the Berber carpet of your dreams.

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Berber carpets

A Berber carpet is a true piece of craftsmanship that is deeply rooted in the culture of the nomadic peoples of North Africa. Each Berber carpet is a reflection of their traditional way of life and artistic expression. Made from the finest virgin wool, these rugs offer unparalleled quality and durability. Their hand-knotted texture and typically low pile make every Berber carpet unique - robust enough for intensively used walkways, yet soft and comfortable underfoot.

The Berber carpets from the Mischioff collections combine traditional craftsmanship with modern design. The right example is available for every room concept, for a rustic country house as well as for an urban loft. These rugs radiate a natural elegance that makes them the stylish centerpiece of any interior. In addition, they are durable and easy to maintain, which makes them the first choice not only for design lovers and interior designers. A Berber rug is an investment in beauty and sustainability that brings the historical heritage of North Africa into your home.

The prices for Berber carpets can vary greatly and depend on several factors such as material, size, origin and method of manufacture. Hand-knotted Berber carpets made from high-quality virgin wool, such as those offered by Mischioff, tend to be in the higher price segment. The carpets are also manufactured under fair conditions and dyed in an environmentally friendly way in order to make an active contribution to environmental protection and social responsibility.

The exact determination of the price also depends on whether the carpet is imported directly from the countries of origin. Mischioff has its carpets hand weaving and shipped in Nepal by over 600 employees. This eliminates costs for intermediate retailer , which can lead to higher prices with other providers.

For a genuine, hand-knotted Berber carpet made of high-quality wool, prices can range from a few hundred to several thousand euros.

The Berbers are an indigenous ethnic group that has resided in North Africa for thousands of years. They live mainly in the Maghreb region, which includes modern-day countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and parts of Mali and Niger. About 36 million Berbers speak a Berber language as their mother tongue, which belongs to the Afro-Asiatic language family.

Historically, the Berbers were nomadic and semi-nomadic, which has greatly influenced their culture and way of life. Today most Berbers are settled, only the Tuareg try to continue their pastoral nomadic way of life. The Berbers have a long history of resistance against outside conquerors and colonizers. Nevertheless, colonization is responsible for the creation of numerous myths, some of which are naive, some of which are barbaric and do not do justice to the multifaceted culture of these peoples.

The name “Berber” is probably derived from the Greek word “barbaros”, which means “barbarian”. However, the Berbers reject this foreign name and call themselves “Imazighen”, which means “free people” or “noble men”. This term reflects their deep self-image and their pride in their independence and cultural identity.

Berber carpets that are knotted from high-quality virgin wool may experience slight lint, especially in the first few months after purchase. With a few tips you can avoid or greatly reduce lint:

  1. Regular vacuuming: Vacuum the carpet regularly but carefully with a vacuum cleaner without a brush attachment. This helps remove loose fibers without putting further strain on the carpet. It is important to use a low setting to avoid damaging the pile.
  2. Avoiding Overuse: For the first few weeks, place the rug in a location that will not receive too much traffic. This can help minimize lint as the fibers stabilize over time. After the excess fibers have been shed, you can place the Berber carpet in your desired location.
  3. Professional Cleaning: If the pilling persists or you are unsure about how to care for your carpet, it may be worth considering professional carpet cleaning. Professionals can thoroughly clean the carpet using techniques that protect the material and extend the life of the carpet.

Lint is a natural process with new carpets and usually reduces after a few months of use. With proper care and handling, your Berber carpet will maintain its beautiful and natural appearance over the long term.

Berber carpets are easy to care for and do not require any special handling or special cleaning products. However, you should follow a few tips to maintain the beauty of your Berber carpet:

  1. Vacuuming: Regular vacuuming is essential to remove dust and loose dirt particles. Use a vacuum cleaner with a flat nozzle to avoid damaging the fibers. It is advisable to carefully vacuum the carpet at least once a week.
  2. Stain treatment: If you have stains, you should act quickly. Blot spills immediately with a clean, dry cloth without rubbing to avoid pushing the stain deeper into the fabric. For more stubborn stains, use a mild detergent diluted with water that is specifically designed for wool carpets. Always test the cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to avoid discoloration.
  3. Annual Deep Cleaning: A professional deep cleaning is recommended to thoroughly clean the carpet and rid it of embedded dirt and allergens. This should be done approximately once a year, depending on the use and placement of the carpet.
  4. Avoiding moisture: Berber carpets should not be laid out in damp rooms as the natural wool absorbs moisture, which can lead to mold and odors. If the carpet gets wet, dry it as quickly as possible.
  5. Shake and air: For smaller carpets, it can also be helpful to occasionally shake them out and hang them out in the fresh air to allow natural cleaning from the sun and wind.

By following these care instructions, you can ensure that your Berber carpet remains in its full glory for years to come.

The cost of professional carpet cleaning can vary depending on the size of the carpet, the material used, the type of dirt and the cleaning method chosen:

  • Carpet Size: Most cleaning services calculate their prices based on the area of ​​the carpet in square feet.
  • Material: Carpets made from natural materials such as wool or silk often require more specialized cleaning methods, which can be more expensive than cleaning synthetic fibers.
  • Type of cleaning: There are different cleaning methods such as steam cleaning, dry cleaning and hand washing. Hand washing and dry cleaning are often more expensive but are gentler on delicate carpets.
  • Additional Treatments: Treatments such as stain protection, odor removal or special stain treatments may incur additional costs.

In general, for professional cleaning of a small to medium-sized wool carpet in Germany, you can expect prices between 50 and 150 euros , based on the factors mentioned above. The costs may also be higher for larger or particularly dirty carpets.

Design carpets with decorative Berber motifs

The typical asymmetrical patterns and motifs of Berber carpets are also used in the Sathi Collection. Made entirely by hand in Nepal from high-quality Himalayan highland wool, the collection plays with classic Berber motifs, some of which are worked out in silk.

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The Sathi Collection offers different variants in different color versions: beige, gray, brown, black, but colored versions are also possible. While classic Berber carpets are high-pile and shaggy, these carpets have a smooth pile that is around ten to twelve millimeters low. This makes these exclusive designer carpets much easier to care for .

The special advantage: While a classic Berber is always a unique piece, the carpets from the Marouk and Sathi Collection can also be ordered in different sizes, so that they are suitable for a wide variety of residential and commercial spaces .

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Are you a furniture or carpet retailer and would like to add Mischioff Berber carpets to your range? We would be happy to inform you about our diverse collections! We invite you to register for our online catalog , which offers you insight into the wide variety of our products.

If you have any questions or require further information, we are happy to help you via our contact form , by telephone or at any time by email .

Are you looking for a beautiful Berber carpet for your home? Handcrafted Mischioff carpets can be purchased through our numerous sales partners. We would be happy to advise you in detail and point you to a Retailer in your region through whom you can order and buy a Mischioff Berber carpet.

If you have any questions, we will be happy to help you by email or telephone. We look forward to your inquiry!