Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO79

An exceptional antique Beni Ouarain carpet with an intricate lozenge network of intersecting stepped motifs and ornate crosses. The low pile emphasizes the pattern's clarity and symmetry. Some wear and fringe loss are evident, which do not detract from the overall condition of the piece. 100% ivory and taupe/grey wool with a lustrous patina and hand.

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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.1930's-1940's
dimensions.12' x 5'10" / 3.66m x 1.78m
pile height.Low
fringe length.None
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO79
rug no.$1,750 (sale), previously $4,000