Berber carpet

Berber carpets are a style of carpet containing big and small tufts. They use a cut pile construction type, and usually contain small flecks of dark color on lighter shade background colors.

Name Meaning

The term "berber" stands for any type of carpeting with more than two colors. Berber can be loop, cutpile, frieze, and others.


The origin of Berber carpets date back to the Paleolithic era and were made by Berbers in North Africa. The hand spun cloth they created was named for the tribe, and they used natural fibers to create cloaks, rugs, and other fabrics.

Modern berber carpet

Today there are several types of berber carpet made from a range of materials. Nylon, olefin, and wool are the most common materials, and the size of loops and cut pile varies for each manufacturer. Olefin is the most commonly used and most affordable material, and carpets with blends of the different materials are also available.

Berber carpet is highly durable and often found in offices, schools, and other high traffic areas. It is stain resistant as well, and is more affordable than thicker plush carpets. The downside is that it can be difficult to clean if dirt does get lodged in the fibers, and it may need dry cleaning or specialized service for deep cleaning.

In popular culture

Frasier Crane owns a prized berber carpet in his apartment in the sitcom Frasier.

Carl of Aqua Teen Hunger Force is given a sample of berber carpet to eat by his father in a flashback induced by the Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future.



  • Barbatti, Bruno; Tapis Berbères du Maroc, la Symbolique - Origines et significations; ISBN 2-86770-180-5

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