Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_158

An unusual Beni Ouarain with a colorful interpretation of traditional forms. The overall lozenge network is quite symmetrical, but shifts across the composition with filled motifs and color variations. This vibrant example stands apart from the classic neutral works of this tribe. Knotted in a palette of poppy red, bright pink, orange, charcoal, light grey, and hints of lavender on a warm ivory ground. 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.8'10" x 6'3" / 2.69m x 1.9m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.6" and 5"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO_158
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