Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO96

An overall lozenge network fills the field of this vintage Beni Ouarain, containing smaller opened and closed lozenges, branch motifs, chevrons, and fertility symbols. An interesting interpretation of a male ladder motif similar to a Greek key and substantial dark brown side borders frame the composition. Woven in dark brown wool 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.1960's-1970's
dimensions.11'8" x 6'1" / 3.56m x 1.85m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.4"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO96
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