Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_103

A superb example of a vintage Beni Ouarain, with a female lozenge network divided in horizontal bands across the composition. Broken lines join the segments, adding visual interest and rhythm to the pattern. Dotted fertility symbols are mostly contained within the network, while others appear to have broken free. Double knotted in black and ivory 100% wool. Has been reduced in size on one end, 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.1940's
dimensions.8'10" x 6'6" / 269cm x 198cm
pile height.Low
fringe length.3"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO_103