Shop Visit: Kat + Maouche Rugs

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Situated in the Old Town District of downtown Portland, Kat + Maouche is a stylish emporium featuring a dazzling array of vintage Berber rugs and textiles. Helmed by husband and wife team Katen Bush and Latif Bezzir, Latif travels to Morocco a few times a year to source the shop’s gorgeous and abundant wares. While Katen is a native Portlander, Latif is Berber-American, giving him easy access to remote rug markets since he speaks the local language.

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Rich in color and texture, I was surprised to learn the rugs are vintage as they look so vibrant and plush, but after I admitted I find it difficult to walk on ‘new’ rugs, Katen informed me that they’re all used – which really speaks to the quality and durability of their stock. Even cooler, in most cases, Katen and Latif even know the detailed history of each rug, allowing customers to really connect with the history of their purchase. Most of the rugs and textiles are created by women living in rural areas and Kat + Maouche pride themselves on working to further the appreciation and understanding of their art and it’s history.

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The shop itself is large and open but also homey with rugs on the floor, rugs on the walls, rugs on chairs, leather poufs, cool light fixtures, and plants. You’ll also find beautiful blankets and throws in the mix. The pops of color and pattern throughout meld to create surprisingly calming visual interest, which only serves to make you want ALL the rugs and throws to recreate the same feeling of beautiful, cozy chaos in your own home. I sure do!

Kat + Maouche is located at 33 NW 4th Ave. here in Portland. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 6PM and by appointment. Online, you can shop an abbreviated selection of rugs. Follow @katandmaouche on Instagram to see new rugs, Katen’s fun rug ‘walking tours’ and details for special events.

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Shop Visit is a Honey Kennedy series about shops and studios found in Portland and beyond. This post is by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Stop by her lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur

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