Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_115

This vintage Beni Ouarain has several shifts in its pattern, from a symmetrical network of lozenges at the top and bottom, transitioning into other symbolism towards the center of the composition. Several groupings of hamsa (camel track) are divided by a horizontal band of six pointed stars. Side borders frame the piece. Woven in ivory and dark brown 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.1970's
dimensions.10'8" x 6'5" / 3.25m x 1.95m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.5"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO_115