Mergoum Newiri Series

Source: Merguom Newiri Textile, most likely from Oudref, Beni-Zid, or El-Hamma areas, north and west of the coastal city of Gabes, Tunisia; personal collection.

A Mergoum (alternative spellings: Mergum, Margoum, Margoom) is a traditional wool-woven cloth specific to the Eastern Sahara, formerly used to cover litters on camels’ back, to split tents into two separate rooms, or to cover the ground. The Mergoum are distinguished from the flat-weave textiles known as Kilim by their combination of triangular and diamond-shaped motifs.