Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO86

This vintage Beni Ouarain is woven in fine wool with an exceptional hand and patina. An overall lozenge network is created with elongated zig zag forms surrounded by smaller lozenges floating across the field. A few moments of spontaneity add irregularity to the piece. One small area of discoloration can be found towards the bottom (likely from henna), which does not detract from the carpet's overall condition or character. Knotted in charcoal black on an ivory ground, 100% wool.

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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.1980's
dimensions.9'3" x 6'2" / 2.81m x 1.87m
pile height.Low
fringe length.3"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO86