In the Atlas Mountains, a shepherd looks after a group of sheep. The flock gets shorn of its winter wool in the summer. A normal-sized rug might take anything from 50 to 100 coatings.

The wool is wrapped up and sent to be cleaned properly.

The wool is spun and transformed into threads after it has been washed.

The yarn is either left undyed or colored and returned to the workshop in its original creamy tone.

The women begin the laborious task of weaving a pattern. From start to completion, each lady (often with a companion) works on a rug. This might take up to a month of knot tying.

After that, the rugs are soaked in water and hung on wooden racks to dry in the mountain breeze.


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