Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_118

An artistic rendering of traditional Berber symbolism, this vintage Beni Ouarain has a large scale lozenge network containing cross forms, hatchings, horizontal zig zags, and broken ladder motifs. The composition is divided by a horizontal band of smaller tan colored lozenges. Faded violet and rust add an unexpected touch of color to an otherwise neutral palette of ivory and charcoal. 100% wool with a time worn 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.1950's
dimensions.10'6" x 6'3" / 3.2m x 1.9m
pile height.Low
fringe length.2"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO_118