Vintage Moroccan Beni M'Guild Carpet BG11

This antique Moroccan Beni M'Guild carpet has an abrashed field of rich dark plum, truffle and fig decorated with horizontal rows of Berber language including lozenges, crosses, and X-shapes. The motifs are knotted in faded magenta, orange, and ivory; some of the dyes were obtained from natural sources. Note a few areas of restoration and minor fringe loss, which do not detract from the overall condition or character. 100% wool.

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Beni M'Guild

The Beni M'Guild tribe has a long tradition of carpet making...their work tends to be quite dense, as tribes of this region weave their pieces to withstand the harsh cold climate of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Common Berber symbolism can be found in many of their woven works, while other carpets are created with solid fields, devoid of any patterns or motifs. Variations in dye lots fade over the decades, showing as subtle nuances in hue (abrash), often creating waves of color. Sometimes, the dense pile reveals a hidden pattern from below.

tribe.Beni M'Guild
region.Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco
dimensions.11'10" x 5'11" / 3.61m x 1.8m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.5"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BG11
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