Hassane EL Yakine was born in Taloust the berber village located near the town of Taznakhte. He was born and grew up in a family with very long weaving traditions. In the 1970s (when he was around 10 years) he used to go with his grandmother to the field to collect the right herbs (peels of pomegranate, madder roots, weld …etc) to dye wool yarns. Deeply influenced by the elegance of the Berber rug culture, he helped his mother and his sisters during the process of carpet weaving from dyeing the yarns and setting up the loom to knotting the rugs. He also helped his father in sewing the Djellaba cloth and the Berber Akhnif cape.
Over the last 30 years he worked with researchers and Berber rug collectors and contributed largely to the Berber textiles and culture in the Anti-Atlas region in Morocco. Below is the summary of his contributions:
1987-1990: Research of techniques, origin and meaning of traditional and ancient textiles in the Anti-Atlas region; the blending of jewish influence on the berber weaving.
1990-1995: Worked together with different international collectors and dealers of traditional rugs; giving information about rugs, the culture and this area.
1995-1999: Photographie and co-authoring of the known book “Tasnacht, Teppichkunst und Traditionelles Handwerk Der Berber Sud-Marokkos”, ISBN#9783201017152, 1999) which was about the berber carpets, textiles and jewelry of the (Taznakhte- Ait Ouaouzguite region). In 1995 he made a presentation about Berber Rugs in first ‘International Conference on Oriental Carpets’ ICOC, in Marrakech, Morocco.
1999-2006 Contributed in different exhibitions (about Berber culture) in the Netherlands and also to an exhibition in Austria about these Berber cultures.
He specialities are: research, information, carpet design, collecting and selling all sort of Berber nomad traditional and old textiles of the Anti-Atlas (Ait Ouaouzguite rugs, carpets) region.
He lives now since long time in the Netherlands and he put his private collection for sale. The rugs are available in his house in Morocco where he can make an appointments a few times each year. You can contact him here or connect with him via Linkedin.