Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_124

This vintage Beni Ouarain displays a stepped lozenge network woven in sable and medium to dark brown on an ivory ground. A moment of artistic spontaneity appears in one corner, with the addition of several orange and purple knots. The low pile accentuates the pattern's graphic sensibility. Some wear to the fringe and flat weave end. 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's-1970's
dimensions.12'6" x 7' / 3.81m x 2.13m
pile height.Low
fringe length.5"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO_124