Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO48

An excellent older example of a vintage Beni Ouarain carpet woven in the cimpta (belted) style. Camel track and intersecting cross motifs are contained within the latticed lozenges, with branch (tree of life) male symbols as side borders. The field is knotted in light ivory wool with a pattern in a mixture of natural dark brown and black. 100% wool with a lustrous 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.1950's
dimensions.8'10" x 5'10" / 2.69m x 1.78m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO48