Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_137

This Beni Ouarain exhibits a distorted lozenge network, shifting to a zig zag band at one end. The female fertility symbols create a symphony of patterns, with several moments gesturing to a human form. The composition is knotted in warm browns on an ivory/khaki ground. Some loss to the flat woven end is present, which does not detract from the overall condition or character of the piece. 100% wool with a time faded patina.

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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.9'1" x 6'3" / 2.76m x 1.9m
pile height.Low
fringe length.2"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO_137