Vintage Moroccan wedding blankets, also known as handira or tamizart, have been popular with interior designers and stylists for some time. The neutral colour palette of the blankets makes them an extremely versatile addition to a bedroom or sitting room. They add elegance, texture, pattern, glamour and sparkle and can be used in a variety of ways: as a coverlet or footer on a bed, over the back of a sofa or a chair, as a stylish headboard, a casual throw or as a wall hanging. Have a look at the Pinterest board below for some ideas on how you can use wedding blankets in your home. Scroll down the Pinterest board with your mouse to see all the images.
Hand Woven By The Mother Of The Bride For Her Wedding Day
There are different types wedding blanket in Morocco. The cream and white variety comes from the mid Atlas mountains where they are hand-woven by the mother of the bride and her female relatives in preparation for her wedding day. They are woven from local wool and cotton in a natural palette of cream and white and can take several weeks or months to complete. Each piece is unique and reflects the skill and creativity of the weaver. Many blankets feature bands of kilim weaving, sometimes concealed by cotton fringing on the front but visible on the back. These coloured kilim bands often contain talismanic symbols conveying the hopes of the bride’s mother for her future prosperity, fertility and happiness.
Each sequin is sewn on by hand. The sequins form small clusters or rows or both and are said to ward off the evil eye. It’s also possible that their similarity to small coins is intended to symbolise future wealth. They also reflect the light whether it’s the light of the fire in the evening or daylight sun.
The blankets are worn like capes either over the head or around the shoulders and tied at the neck. They are traditionally worn by the bride on her journey to her husband’s home. After the marriage they are used as bed or wall coverings to decorate the marital home.
Our stock of vintage Moroccan wedding blankets is constantly changing but you can see a selection below.
Photos: Kristy Noble and Dave Bullivant
You can see our full range of vintage Moroccan wedding blankets here and our range of cushions from vintage Moroccan wedding blankets here. We think that as well as adding glamour to your home they would make a wonderful wedding present.