Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_116

This vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain exhibits an overall lozenge motif, with a break and shift in network as the pattern progresses. A horizontal zig zag form at the bottom of the composition lends a male presence to the predominant female motif. Knotted in ivory and a mixture of charcoal grey and dark brown with a dense medium pile, 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.11'6" x 6'7" / 3.5m x 2m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.6"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO_116