Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_125

An exceptional example of a mid-century Beni Ouarain knotted in faded black, dark brown and grey wool on an ivory ground. The lozenge network shifts in horizontal bands, punctuated by a chain of filled diamonds at the center of the composition. The pile height is variegated throughout, adding further depth to the piece. Excellent quality 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
dimensions.7'10" x 7' / 2.38m x 2.13m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO_125