Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO93

Serene and simple, this vintage Beni Ouarain carpet exhibits a minimal lozenge network knotted in black wool on an ivory ground. The low pile accentuates a strong graphic quality to the piece. A moment of asymmetry in the lozenge pattern and a few randomly placed motifs add a touch of creativity. Finished with a thin flat weave band on each end. 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.1950-1960
dimensions.13'1" x 6'1" / 3.98m x 1.85m
pile height.Low
fringe length.2"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO93