Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_136

This minimal vintage Beni Ouarain features diffused motifs knotted in lower pile black wool on a slightly higher pile light ivory ground. A central vertical lozenge chain is flanked on both sides by smaller chains. Finished with flat weave bands on both ends. 100% wool, an exceptional piece in both wool quality and width.

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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.12'10" x 7'3" / 3.91m x 2.2m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.8"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO_136