The history of Moroccan weaving can be traced back to the seventh century. Though the tradition was born out of the need for utilitarian objects, the carpets and textiles gradually evolved to carry meaning through their decorative symbols. The Berber tribes have passed down unique patterns, techniques, and colors from one generation of weavers to the next. The rugs and blankets in this collection hail from the Middle and High Atlas regions of Morocco and contain a variety of geometric patterns, colors, and symbolic figures which invoke protection, industry, fertility, and beauty. The weaves range from high-pile knotting to flat-woven. The type of weave reflects each textile's intended purpose, whether as a warm shield from the biting winds of the High Atlas mountains or as a lighter covering closer to the Sahara.