Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_153

This Beni Ouarain exhibits an intricate motif structure, with dual female/male symbolism. The upper portion contains a symmetrical lozenge network with hamsa, crosses, triangle forms, and branch motifs, while the bottom has a bold horizontal zig zag pattern. Woven in light ivory, black, and dark brown wool with bands of brick red flat weave at both ends. 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.10'3" x 6'3" / 3.12m x 1.9m
pile height.Low
fringe length.None
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO_153