Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_104

An interesting dual motif system is present on this vintage Beni Ouarain. Two double lozenge chains are separated by a single vertical bar, allowing the viewer to translate the two messages independently or read as a whole. The use of an elaborate flat weave is present at each end of the piece, both in excellent condition. A mixture of natural black and dark brown wool is knotted on a warm ivory ground with a lustrous patina. 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.1940's-1950's
dimensions.10'4" x 6'8" / 3.15m x 2.03m
pile height.Low
fringe length.9" and 5"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO_104