The Azilal wasn't discovered by the outside world until the 1990s, at which point it became highly collectable. I didn't see these rugs until 2014, and in the five years since I've started to collect, the supply of high-quality, abstract azilals has gone away seemingly overnight as their value and desirability skyrocketed. Occasionally I still find amazing pieces, such as this beauty, and always marvel at the incredible designs that women move so many years ago.
This rug is woven by traditional tribes from the Azilal region of Morocco, which is in the High Atlas mountains. These rugs were historically made for use within the home, giving the women the liberty to be creative and adaptive, and to use their weaving as an expression of self. Designs can often look like a piece of abstract art that you would find within museum walls, and each is 100% unique and the only one like this in the world.