Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_108

Full of character with its asymmetry and unusual proportions, this vintage Beni Ouarain carpet exemplifies the spirit of handcraft found in Berber arts. The large feminine central lozenge motifs are flanked by male branches forming protective borders. Finished with a band of checkerboards at one end. Knotted in dark brown and sable wool on a lustrous ivory ground, this piece has a lofty pile and very soft hand. 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.8'8" x 6'7" / 2.64m x 2m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.6"
rug no.BO_108
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