Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_107

An excellent vintage Beni Ouarain displaying a classic lozenge network, but with its own unique interpretation. The pattern shifts stylistically from stepped to banded, then to a thin linear motif. A horizontal band forms a break at one end. One row of lozenges are filled with a latticed network, adding further interest to the piece. Knotted in dark brown and sable brown on an ivory ground. 100% wool with a beautiful patina.

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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.10'6" x 5'9" / 3.2m x 1.75m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.9"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO_107