Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO67

A beautifully executed vintage Beni Ouarain with an excellent combination of wool quality and motif. Dated "1983" by the weaver, this carpet displays qualities typically found in older pieces. The lozenges shift from an open to a filled network, containing randomly placed fertility symbols and double triangles representing coupling. A prominent horizontal band divides the composition. Woven in ivory and a warm camel brown, 100% wool with a lustrous 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.1983
dimensions.13'9" x 5'9" / 4.19m x 1.75m
pile height.Low
fringe length.2"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO67
rug no.$1,750 (sale), previously $4,250