Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO99

This vintage Beni Ouarain displays a belted female lozenge network with strong male influence present in its cross, hamsa and ladder motifs. Borders running along both selvedges emphasize the male protection symbolism. Knotted in a high pile of dark brown, charcoal and black on an ivory wool ground.100% wool with a lustrous 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.1970's
dimensions.14'4" x 5'10" / 4.36m x 1.77m
pile height.High
fringe length.8"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO99