Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_150

A wonderful example, this minimal vintage Beni Ouarain displays the simplest of motifs. Almost devoid of traditional symbolism, the dual horizontal bands of open lozenges read as if seen on a distant horizon. The solid male protective side borders frame the composition, while a decorative flat weave finishes the piece. The motifs are woven in dark warm brown and grey on a lustrous warm ivory wool ground. 100% wool with a time aged 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.1940's
dimensions.12'2" x 6'3" / 3.7m x 1.9m
pile height.Low
fringe length.6"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO_150