Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_147

A rare example of a Beni Ouarain with triangular formations combined to create an overall lozenge pattern. A sense of movement and layering is created by the alternating shifts in color and shading of the triangular forms throughout. Woven in an unusual color palette for this tribe: poppy red, celadon green and charcoal grey on an ivory ground. 100% wool with a time faded patina and lustrous hand, some fringe loss present.

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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.11'2" x 6'9" / 3.4m x 2.05m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.1"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO_147