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The Significance of Yellow in Moroccan Rugs

Moroccan Berber rugs brim with all natural colors and dyes, the most prevalent being yellow, red, orange, and black, regardless of tribe or region. These all natural dyes are made from regional florae and, sometimes, insects! We will dedicate a Journal Entry to each color with today’s focus being the color yellow. Let’s hop to it!

Yellow is typically derived from pomegranate. Henna, an important component of Moroccan Berber hygiene, also produces shades of yellow, but is used sparingly due to high cost.

While many throw their pomegranate rinds in the bin, the resourceful Berbers have created value out of such “waste”. The fruit is harvested for consumption, and the remaining rinds are dried. Once dehydrated, they are pulverized into a powder. 

Dried pomegranate rinds

Powder of pulverized dried pomegranate rinds

The result is a fauve yellow. This type of yellow can be nearly black in color as well as varying shades of brown.

Undyed ivory sheep wool yarn (top) vs. Pomegranate dyed sheep wool yarn (bottom)

Pomegranate and rubia tinctorum dyed sheep wool yarn

Yellow is commonly found in rugs from Glawa, Tichka, and Tazenakht.

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