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A walk through the desert
We start the month of March with a desert walk. Even though the cold still prevails here, which is also the case in the desert, we are heading to warmer regions and celebrating a new design in our Marouk Collection .
The Marouk MK51 is a carpet made of pure highland wool with typical Berber patterns. Its coloring reminds us of the sandy expanses of African desert areas. The Marouk MK51 has an extraordinary radiance that gives every room light, warmth and comfort. No matter whether you use it to equip your private or business rooms.
A symbol of beauty: Abrash
In carpet art, abrash refers to slight color deviations, which are an essential quality feature and proof of genuine handcraft. These color nuances were a feature of the creation process, particularly with the early nomadic carpets. The yarn for the carpets was created by hand and this yarn was also dyed by hand.
When new paint was made, it was almost impossible to get the exact same shade as before. The result was color deviations and sometimes even color jumps within a carpet. Even industrially produced carpets today imitate Abrash and thus simulate this unique quality feature of old carpet art .
All Mischioff Design carpets are made entirely by hand, including our Marouk MK51. From the production of the knotting yarn, to mixing the color, to dyeing the yarn and of course the Weaving itself, the entire process is exclusively the work of diligent hands. And so a natural abrash can also be seen in the Marouk MK51, which gives the carpet naturalness and liveliness. It also makes each of our carpets truly unique.
The sand and ocher tones of the Marouk MK51, which sometimes seem lighter and sometimes darker, sometimes almost changing to shades of brown, accompany us on the desert walk mentioned at the beginning and allow us to immerse ourselves in a world of ancient carpet art. Here in the north of Africa, where the Berbers once roamed, where carpets and animals were often the only companions, life is rough but never monotonous. This is Abrash, a relic of bygone times and a symbol of the beauty of handcrafted carpet art.
Thanks to its unobtrusive nature, the wool carpet to any interior and any architecture. And its insensitivity and robustness, which it owes to the high-quality wool, allows it to shine even after many years of use.
Virgin wool from the Himalayas
The Marouk MK51 is knotted from pure, very high-quality highland wool. Sheep live high up in the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and produce exceptionally robust and resilient wool. The reason for this is the high lanolin content. This is the only way the sheep can withstand the harsh weather. Mischioff only uses high-quality virgin wool for its carpets. This means that the wool is obtained from living sheep, which of course continue to live after shearing. The lanolin (wool fat) remains intact even during the processing of the wool. It acts as a natural waterproofing agent that repels dirt and water. A feature that makes our Marouk MK51 a lifelong companion and gives it its soft feel.
Of course we don't shear the sheep ourselves, but here too we keep an eye on who supplies us with the high-quality new wool. Like the entire production process of Mischioff fair trade carpets , our suppliers are also part of the STEP label certification. This Swiss label is there for us where we cannot be ourselves. But together we are committed to good and fair working conditions in carpet production.