Tribal Hand-Woven Berber Rugs

Berber rugs got their name from the carpets that were hand-woven by the Berber people living in North Africa. Many modern Berber rugs are known for their loop-pile construction. This gives them the appearance of having the distinct knot construction of Berber rugs made using the traditional methods. The most popular carpets have small specks of a dark color on a background of lighter colors. This can be combined with areas of the carpet that are not dyed. It gives the carpet an appearance of traditional Berber rugs.


The material of a Berber rug is not Berber. The name is in reference to the way the fibers of the carpet are woven together into the rug’s backing. A traditional Berber rug is known as a loop-pile carpet. This means it has alternate large and small loops. The modern Berber rugs come in a variety of different colors and patterns. Today, Berber rugs are made using a number of different natural and synthetic fibers. The fibers used during the creation of a Berber carpet will determine its longevity, stain resistance and more. Before purchasing a Berber rug , it is important to know its type of fibers, style and more to determine the quality.

Advantages Of Berber Carpets

People who want to purchase carpets find Berber rugs are very cost effective. Because of their loop-pile construction, a Berber carpet is less expensive to manufacture than other types of carpeting. It is not necessary to cut the loop. This makes them have one less step during the carpet manufacturing process. With the proper care, a high-end nylon or wool Berber carpet is able to last a very long time. A Berber rug is an easy type of carpet to maintain. They are able to handle stains better than most other types of rugs. The tight wave of the loops is wider at the top than at the bottom. This prevents stains from going through the carpet. A Berber carpet doesn’t reveal lines from vacuuming or footsteps such as other types of carpeting.


A Berber carpet is a little more difficult to install than other types of carpets. Berber rugs are a heavy carpet. This means it is more difficult to handle, cut as well as seam. There are carpet installers who charge more per square yard to install a Berber rug than other types of carpets. Some may also charge a larger fee for Berber carpeting to be installed on stairs.

Padding For Berber Rugs

A Berber rug will need to have a high-density padding installed with it. The padding must also have a lower thickness than padding of other styles of carpets. It is common for Berber carpet padding to have a density of at least 8-pounds. The thickness of the padding should not be more than 3/8” in thickness. When installing a Berber carpet, it is important to check with the manufacturer to get the right padding specifications. If the wrong padding is installed with the Berber rug, it could void the carpet warranty and cause the carpet to wear out earlier than anticipated.


There are different styles of Berber carpets that do not have loops. A very popular style without loops is known as cut Berber carpet. Some people refer to this as California Berber. There are also Berber carpets manufactured with cut-loops as well as regular loops. They are known as cut and loop Berber rugs. If a Berber carpet has a repeating pattern, it is called a patterned cut and loop Berber carpet. The cut and loop Berber carpeting is the most expensive style. This Berber rug is recognized for its ability to enhance any room where it is installed.

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