Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO15

Full of charm with its unbalanced asymmetry, this vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain carpet typifies the primitive inspiration and handcraft found in Berber arts. The large feminine central lozenge motifs are flanked by male branches acting as protective borders. Knotted in a deep brown and ivory undyed wool, this piece has a lofty pile and very soft hand. 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.1980
dimensions.10'5" x 6'7" / 3.18m x 2.01m
pile height.High
fringe length.8"
condition.Excellent
rug no.BO15