Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO64

With horizontal rows of belted style lozenges comprised of chessboard motifs and smaller open lozenges with small hatchings, this Beni Ouarain nicely balances both male and female symbolism. Asymmetrical side borders contain double arrows, a coupling symbol, interrupted on one side by a male ladder motif. Woven in ivory and dark brown 100% wool with a time worn patina.

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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's
dimensions.9'6" x 5'6" / 2.90m x 1.68m
pile height.Low
fringe length.6"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO64