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Oum's Journal

The Ultimate Home Accent

The Handira is a traditional Moroccan Berber wedding blanket. It is woven just prior to marriage and gifted to the bride.
 
The Handira is rectangular in shape and dimensions vary according to a bride’s figure. It is worn over the shoulders similar to a shawl and fastened on the chest by a cord or pin. These garments are made of wool and cotton and some tribe’s embellish them with silver sequins.

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Founding Fathers and Morocco

In honor of the 4th of July, we are publishing the first of ten Journal Entries dedicated to the relationship between the US and Morocco.

In 1776, Morocco became the first country to publicly recognize the independence of the United States in the form of granting US vessels access to its ports.

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Women Oum Supports

Oum handpicks and purchases each of its rugs directly from the Berber women who design and craft them. We, the Oum Team, are committed to empowering these women and compensating them generously for their labor and expertise.

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Local Weaving Techniques

Berber rugs come in three types of weaves: knot, loop, and flat. A rug’s weave is an important consideration in determining which piece is best for you and your home.

First things first: a little terminology.  You will read the words “warp” and “weft” throughout this journal entry. The warp strands are spun yarn that is held taut by a loom. They run the length of the rug and act as its structural foundation.

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Oum's Travels in Morocco

When abroad in Paris as an undergraduate, Oum's Director Abby, joined fellow students for a two-week tour of Morocco.

"It was a logical choice. Morocco is not far from France, and French is widely spoken there. Further, it would be exciting to visit a country whose culture is unlike my own. Little did I know how memorable these two weeks would be.

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