Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO61

This vintage Beni Ouarain has an unusual interpretation of a traditional lozenge motif, with a network constructed of irregular lines and several breaks. The field is filled with typical female diamond motifs combined with male forms (cross, tent and stick). Woven in a unique combination of natural undyed wool including camel, dark brown and grey along with ivory and black. Often Berber carpets exhibit a correlation to much older forms of expression found in cave paintings and ancient rock carvings. This carpet is one of these examples. 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.1970's
dimensions.11'4" x 5'7" / 3.48m x 1.7m
pile height.Low
fringe length.1"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO61