When I indicated that I came from Africa, the first question was: "why was I not very black?" (I am more brown).
The second had to do with my French accent when I spoke English. I had to explain that France occupied Algeria for 132 years, and time did the rest.
The word "Berber" is mostly associated with the Berber rugs, which are known for their special loops. I consequently have found myself spending hours and hours visiting carpet stores where I felt very comfortable and happy to see the word "Berber" on many colorful carpet brochure. The word "Berber" written in giant display made me feel important.
Even Sunday newspaper ads about Berber carpet at $0.68 and $0.99 (such as the one below) per square foot made me happy.