The story of Moroccan weaving begins with the Berbers, the indigenous people of North Africa who inhabited Morocco for centuries before the first Arab invasion in the seventh century. The origin of Berber carpets date back to the Paleolithic era. The hand spun cloth they created was named for the tribe, and they used natural fibers to create mats, rugs, and other fabrics. These textiles were used in all areas of their daily lives: for the tents in which they lived, as mats under their bedding, as saddle blankets and bags, as cushions for the sitting area of their tents and as wedding shawls and burial shrouds. Today, the major weaving groups of the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountains are Berber tribes, many of whom still live much as they did centuries earlier. Handmade Berber carpets are an active industry in many rural areas of Morocco. Many Berber families gain their daily bread from manufacturing carpets manually and selling them in local markets, which is where our collection of Kilim originate, brought to market by their makers. Traditional Berber carpets are beautifully sophisticated in their simplicity and are made of natural materials.