Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO37

This vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain exhibits a classic motif, but with its own unique variation, shifting from a vertical to a horizontal lozenge pattern toward the lower portion of the carpet. Chains of lozenges on each side form male symbolic protection borders, emphasized by dark brown selvedges. The low pile is knotted in ivory and dark brown undyed wool, with one row of red knots detailing each end. 100% wool with a beautiful patina.

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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.1960
dimensions.9'5" x 6'2" / 2.87m x 1.88m
pile height.Low
fringe length.3"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO37