Vintage Moroccan Beni M'Tir Carpet BT02

An exceptional Beni M'Tir with a network of large scale lozenges containing smaller lozenges and Berber symbolism within. Male protection vertical chevron borders run along both selvedges. Palette includes an abrashed ground of pomegranate, purple/magenta, and madder root with motifs in bright orange, fire red, indigo, grass green and ivory. Some fringe loss which does not detract from the overall condition or character of the piece. 100% wool with a dense construction and time faded patina.

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Beni M'Tir

From the Arabic word meaning "belonging to the birds", likely referring to their retreat after raids on horseback. Due to their proximity to royal towns, they were often vulnerable to attack by the central government. At the turn of the century part of the tribe retreated to the Beni M'Guild and Ait Serrouchen territories. Beni M'Tir carpets often contain two colors, orange and yellow, combined on a purple/red ground, and may resemble the work of the Beni M'Guild tribe. Motifs include dominant cross shapes inside lozenges, sometimes blurred by the pile, and borders are often non-existent or insignificant. Weavers prefer the Berber knot, but sometimes utilize the symmetric knot towards the center, bordered by the Berber knot.

tribe.Beni M'Tir
region.Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco
circa.1960's
dimensions.10'1" x 5'11" / 3.07m x 1.8m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.7"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BT02
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