Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Carpet BO_182

A vintage Beni Ouarain featuring a network of stepped lozenges composed of small squares, shifting to more compressed forms near the lower portion of the carpet. Interesting partial snake motifs resembling Greek key borders run along both selvedges. Knotted in a mixture of faded charcoal, dark brown, and ivory with low pile accentuating its graphic sensibility. Well loved with signs of wear and some pile loss present. 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
circa.1960's
dimensions.10'2" x 6' x 3.10m x 1.83m
pile height.Low
fringe length.1" x 1"
condition.Good
rug no.BO_182
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