Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_134

Exhibiting shifts in both pattern and color, this vintage Beni Ouarain begins with a filled lozenge network and ends with an open network, transitioning to a more complex motif structure near the center of the piece. Shifts also occur in the side borders from branch motifs to chain forms. Knotted in deep brown to a soft grey on a warm 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.1960's
dimensions.10'8 x 6'2" / 3.25m x 1.87m
pile height.Low
fringe length.3"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO_134