Vintage Moroccan Beni M'Guild Carpet BG10

This vintage Moroccan Beni M'Guild carpet exhibits strong male symbolism, evident in the zigzag motifs (derived from the snake) and side borders/central band of lozenge chains. The lozenge is a quintessential female Berber symbol, but when linked into a vertical chain, it becomes a sign of male protection. The abrashed magenta ground is a low dense pile with pattern knotted in orange, charcoal grey, faded violet, olive green/grey, and ivory. Minor fringe loss. 100% wool.

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Beni M'Guild

The territory of Azrou, Ain Lheu, and M'Rirt is the main production region for this tribe, neighboring the Zaïane. The Beni M'Guild tribe has a long tradition of carpet making...their work tends to be quite dense, as tribes in this region can withstand harsh climates. Common Berber symbolism can be found in many of their woven works, while other carpets are solid fields of natural color devoid of any patterns or motifs. Subtle nuances in hue create waves of color, sometimes revealing pattern from below.

tribe.Beni M'Guild
region.Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco
dimensions.10' x 6' / 3.05m x 1.83m
pile height.Low
fringe length.4"
rug no.BG10
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