Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO55

Exhibiting shifts in both pattern and color, this vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain begins and ends with a female lozenge network layered with a band of male vertical zigzag motifs near the center of the composition. A rich chocolate tone migrates into a warm tawny brown, knotted on an ivory ground. Excellent wool quality with a fine, curly pile. 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.1950-1960
dimensions.8'4" x 5'6" / 2.54m x 1.68m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.4"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO55