Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO13

With a network of meandering lozenges, this vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain carpet from the Thala countryside combines both the classic feminine lozenge motif with the masculine snake form. Its dynamic and highly irregular pattern is knotted in charcoal grey wool. There are a few areas of fringe loss, which do not detract from the overall condition. 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.1970
dimensions.11' x 6'1" / 3.35m x 1.85m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.9" and 6"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO13