Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO14

Very unique in its lozenge pattern, this vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain carpet from the countryside near Thala combines a partially closed and open network holding Berber symbols of mating and fertility. This carpet has a rather primitive feel, and is constructed of dark brown and deep pile ivory 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.11'5" x 6'6" / 3.48m x 1.98m
pile height.High
fringe length.4" on each end
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO14