Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_144

A minimal yet dynamic vintage Beni Ouarain exhibiting its own interpretation of classic Berber symbolism. The motifs shift several times, combining vertical chains of female lozenges, bands of vertical and horizontal male zig zag forms, and a tree of life. A checker motif frames the entire composition. Woven in 100% ivory and dark brown wool with a deep lustrous pile.

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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.1960's -1970's
dimensions.9'6" x 6'10" / 2.89m x 2m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.8"
rug no.BO_144
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