The purchase of rugs at LAMALVE

How is it possible that a handmade rug may have a price of 300€ and a very similar one costs 1,300€? At the moment of setting up the price of a rug many reasons and factors are the key.

Size, is one of them. A big rug requires more time in the process of weaving thus the influence on its final price.

Although it may seem not important, colour is another important factor due to the type of dyeing. Generally, we only consider the colours combination and if they show harmony.

Designs are another factor to take into consideration. If the rug shows a design being repeated all over it, this has an influence on the price as a detailed pattern implies more hours or work.

At the moment of fixing the price, the quality of the textiles used is one of the more important factors as well as the material used in the warp. At the same time, this has a direct influence on the style, as well as the finish in accordance with the origin of the rug. Techniques used is are a very important factor on the final price as it is not the same a woven rug than another handmade one… and this implies that knots are handmade one by one. And speaking of knots, the type of knots used is also related with the final price as a rug with a high density of knots will be more expensive than another of a lower density.

The more exclusive rugs are done with threads coloured with natural dyes, although now-a-days the majority are a mixture of natural and synthetic dyes. More commonly, natural dyes are used in the base of the rug and the details are synthetically dyed. Village and nomads rugs, with their primitive patterns, “abrash” (differences on the colouring and tones all over the rug) must never be considered as a manufacturing defect but as the confirmation of the weavers working conditions. This “abrash” is much appreciated now-a-days.

It is not possible to set fixed patterns regarding the final price of a rug, but remind that the comparison of handmade rug must only be done against a similar type of rug. Obviously, a rug of nomadic origin should never be compared against a workshop rug. The price difference among the rugs we sell and others is due to the fact that LAMALVE only sells rugs done by women who still live in their villages. They do not work in towns. These women do not have the same possibility of buying textile fabrics as a manufacturer, and are not put pressure on accomplishing delivery dates as they combine their attention to their kids, sheepherding and agriculture doing their artisanal tasks when they can and do not produce a massive number of rugs nor respect the size imposed by a buyer.

We visit and contact them personally and take what they have, admiring what is produced by their hands. The rugs we take are not second hand nor “vintage” as it is said in some other Webs. The rugs are Berber type with different sizes and colours showing arbitrary patterns which are not commanded by any normative. They are “free” rugs and these are the rugs commercialized by LAMALVE.

And finally we have to remind you of something: these rugs are handmade in the High and Middle Atlas, in Morocco, where the streets are unpaved. The carpets are delivered directly from the hands of the women who made them, so yes, obviously the carpets come dusty. But it’s easy to wash a Berber rug. If you have enough space, neutral  soap, a hose and Sun, are really easy to wash and dry, that’s what they’re not going to do in a Dry Cleaners, theyre not going to use anything but soap and water.

A handmade rug may be considered as an investment that additionally will make beautiful the place where it will be and if dully cared, it will be used during many generations, and thats worth it.