Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BH06

A patterned Beni Ouarain hanbel, which differs from the structure of double knotted higher pile Beni Ouarains with its low looped pile construction. This example has an overall lozenge network with random interruptions of horizontal bands in a lower braided chevron weave. Texture is further enhanced on this carpet by the shift to longer pile motifs at one end. Knotted in ivory and dark chocolate brown, 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.1960's
dimensions.12'3" X 6'1" / 3.73m x 1.85m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BH06
rug no.$1,750 (sale), previously $4,000