Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO40

A classic vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain carpet, with a lozenge network knotted in variegated tones of dark brown wool on an ivory ground. The motifs abruptly stop, creating a field of negative space at one end. A very dense construction with an uneven, lofty pile. Minor fringe loss, which does not detract from the overall condition or character. 100% wool with a beautiful hand.

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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.12'4" x 6'5" / 3.76m x 1.96m
pile height.High
fringe length.9"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO40