Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_122

An excellent example vintage Beni Ouarain exhibiting a classic motif system, but with its own unique interpretation. The pattern shifts from a banded lozenge style to checkerboard and zig zag motifs. Chains of zig zags along both selvedges form male protection borders. The low pile is knotted in ivory and dark brown 100% wool with a beautiful 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.1960's
dimensions.9'6" x 5'7" / 2.89m x 1.7m
pile height.Low
fringe length.5"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO_122