Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO63

This vintage Beni Ouarain has a graphic appeal with an overall belted style lozenge pattern containing a chessboard motif. Protection fishbone symbols flank both selvedges, with an additional protection border of lozenges contained within bars on one end. Woven in a palette of ivory and dark brown, 100% wool with a lustrous hand. Note some fringe loss, which does not detract from the overall condition or character.

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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
dimensions.8'4" x 5'10" / 2.54m x 1.78m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO63