Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_175

This extraordinary vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain displays an unusual autumnal color palette and abstract motif structure. This example stands apart from the more commonly found neutral weavings from this tribe. The motifs are knotted in a faded charcoal wool shifting to a warm brown at the bottom. Partially filled lozenges and rod forms are decorated with poppy red and pumpkin orange wool, adding a playful contrast to the composition. Mostly wool construction, with occasional knots of cotton added with a beautiful patina throughout.

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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.13' x 6' / 3.96m x 1.83m
pile height.Low
fringe length.10"
condition.Very Good
rug no.BO_175
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