Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO62

A superb find, this antique Moroccan Beni Ouarain carpet is woven in a fine, dense wool with an exceptional patina and silky hand. Minimal large lozenge pattern appears to extend beyond the length of the carpet, with an irregular shift at one end. Knotted in a gradation of warm taupe/grey with hints of black on an ivory ground. A band of flat weave finishes both ends. Time worn fringe adds to the age and character of the piece. 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.1940
dimensions.13'2" x 6'1" / 4.01m x 1.85m
pile height.Low
fringe length.1"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO62