Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_119

A vintage Beni Ouarain with an overall lozenge pattern, shifting from a belted chessboard style to a more minimal linear network at one end. A horizontal bar creates a break near the center of the carpet, with smaller bars interspersed throughout the composition. Very low pile emphasizes the pattern's clarity. Knotted in dark brown and faded orange on an ivory ground. 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.1950's-1960's
dimensions.7'1" x 6' / 2.16m x 1.83m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO_119