Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO43

This vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain has an unusual almost square proportion. The loose broken lozenge network displays an unbalanced asymmetry that adds to the overall movement and character of the piece. Knotted in ivory undyed wool with primarily black motifs and hints of dark brown, this carpet has a lofty pile and very soft hand. Cotton is present in the warp threads, with a pile of 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
dimensions.7'10" x 6'1" / 2.39m x 1.85m
pile height.High
fringe length.4"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO43
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