Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_129

An intricate example in terms of motif structure, this vintage Beni Ouarain displays a more traditional approach to carpets from this tribe. The symmetrical network is comprised of hamsa, crosses, 10-pointed stars, stepped lozenges and branch motifs. Woven in a warm faded brown and pale lavender 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.1940's-1950's
dimensions.12'2" x 6'6" / 3.70m x 1.98m
pile height.Low
fringe length.2"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO_129