Resemblance of Turkish Tulu Rugs and Moroccon Benu Ouarian Rugs

Similarity between Beni Ouarian rug & Turkish Tulu rug

Top left: Bobo African Mask, Top right: Turkish Tulu Rug Bottom: Moroccan Beni Ouarian rug

Design has been a symbolic language of past experiences and living styles of cultures through civilizations. While the urge for good living for manhood has been a driving factor to create and produce, crafting became a very important occupation into mens life. As local people develop their skills through generations they also create new ideas, get influenced and learn from others along the way.  The interaction in between people crossed continents in many times even.  This constant development lead up to great similarities in between cultures and their design approaches.

A Songye mask, DR Congo Kifwebe, female mask

A Songye mask, DR Congo Kifwebe, female mask

Geometrical patterns and animal figures embellished  many crafted items as one of the most popular motives. Underline they all meant something special and symbolized of a value. Masks & rugs have been one of the most symbolic and powerful personal belongings of people through centuries. This must be result of  human desire to create a connection between their souls and crafts they live with. Looking at their designs we see great similarities in between their styles and patterns even though geographically they are far apart. For instance, masks not only influence the North African tribes by their geometrical symbolic patterns. Same patterns are also used in Anatolian rugs as well.

Turkish anatolian tulu rug

Turkish Anatolian tulu rug

Turkish Tulu Rug

Turkish Anatolian Tulu Rug

A great example to this is the resemblance in between Moroccan Beni Ouarian  rugs and Anatolian Tulu rugs. The similarity  is not only on the motives but also on weaving techniques and functional purposes. Turkish Tulu rugs woven on the Konya Karaman area which locates in the middle of Anatolia.The meaning of Tulu in Turkish is long-haired and some of them have extremely long pile. The natural wool used on these carpets are shiny and lustrous. Tulu is basically a kilim or a plain waive  with tufts of wool, goat hair yarn or thin strips of cloth interwoven using the Turkish knot to form the tuft patterns underlying design.  The.  main use of these items was as sleeping mattress. Their patterns are also very similar to Beni Ouarian Morocco rugs but they are distinguished by a more ordered geometric design and by the border.

African tribal patterns on rugs and masks

Left: Beni Ouarian rug Right: African mask

Beni Quarain carpets made by the Berber tribes of the North-Eastern Middle Atlas mountains. Traditionally they used to protect to cover bedding to keep warm in cold winter months as well.  They are handmade, double knotted, undyed natural wool carpets. They are very smooth to touch by their long piles and they generally do have primitive lines, diamond shapes, some animal figures. They future brown pattern woven into a cream foreground.

Tulu Rug

The patterns of  Turkish Tulu rug and face  painting of  Black Ivory Coast people  surprisingly looks alike


These beautiful carpets are suitable for any kind of decor by their simple geometric patterns and natural colors. Eventhough, they are ethnic they look quite modern by their designs and very popular these days decorating contemporary sumptuous rooms by their  fantastic style.

moroccan vintage runners

written by Tijen Samuray Öztek (designmixer)


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