Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO20

A grand scale Beni Ouarain displaying an intricate network of Berber symbols. The pattern shifts in clarity due to dye lot changes in the black wool on the ivory ground. Excellent quality wool with a lustrous sheen. Signed "1976" on the reverse side by the weaver. 100% wool.

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Beni Ouarain

This nomadic Berber tribe produces some of the finest quality rugs in all of Morocco. Usually made of natural ivory and black or brown wool as the pattern, these rugs show an archaic symbolism that dates back to the earliest forms of art and writing. Known for their simplistic lozenge patterns, these motifs are a link to some of the oldest discovered human artifacts, including the ancient Venus figurines of Europe. The Beni Ouarain weave with a double knot technique which allows for a thicker pile construction and added insulation from the cold. These rugs are used for family beds and could be folded over to provide protection from frigid temperatures.

tribe.Beni Ouarain
region.Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco
circa.1976
dimensions.17'1" x 7'2" / 5.21m x 2.18m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.12" and 9"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO20
Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO20