Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_148

A very unusual mid century Beni Ouarain with creative interpretation of traditional motifs. This example exhibits a central vertical chain of complete and incomplete lozenges surrounded by reverberating lines, creating a sense of movement. Multicolored triangular chains border both selvedges, forming protective symbolism. A row of chevrons provides a break from the main lozenge theme, finished with an interesting zig zag band formed from lozenges. Knotted in a palette of faded poppy red, green/grey, light grey, dark brown, and charcoal on a warm ivory ground. 100% wool with a time aged patina.

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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.12'10" x 6'4" / 3.91m x 1.93m
pile height.Low
fringe length.5"
rug no.BO_148
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