Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO59

An unusual petite vintage Beni Ouarain woven in ivory and grey/brown wool. Traditional placement of male/female symbolism found in Berber carpets, with a connected male zigzag exterior border motif providing protection to the female presence, a horizontal chain of diamonds at the center. Pile shows signs of wear from age and use, adding to the carpet's character and patina. 100% wool.

Close it

tribe.

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.1940's
dimensions.6' x 4'4" / 1.83m x 1.32m
pile height.Low
fringe length.None
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO59