Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO05

A variegated lozenge patterned vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain that strikes a balance between bold and restrained, with borders of ladder structures on both sides symbolizing male protection. A few small areas of orange wool are knotted into the invory and black wool, adding a unique detail and hint of color to the piece. 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.1960
dimensions.9' x 5'9" / 2.74m x 1.75m
pile height.High
fringe length.8"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO05