Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO83

An unusual vintage Beni Ouarain example, with a graphic pattern combining an open and filled lozenge network. Interestingly, the lozenges shift from a more densely filled structure to a more open form towards the top of the composition. An asymmetrical tree of life morphs into a vertical lozenge chain, forming a border along one selvedge. Knotted in charcoal black wool on an ivory ground. 100% wool with a lustrous patina. Minor fringe loss, which does not detract from the overall condition of the piece.

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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.1960's-1970's
dimensions.12'2" x 6' / 3.71m x 1.83m
pile height.Low
fringe length.6"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO83