Beni Ourain Area Rug from Morocco - Handmade Luxury Pile Carpet - Natural with Black 55 x 46 inches
Mid-Century Modern Nomads:
Beloved by modern nomads with a mid-century modern or minimalist sensibility, or possibly just a preference for the serenity of neutral palettes, Beni Ourain handmade rugs originally became popular in the earlier part of the 20th century with architects like Le Corbusier, Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others, who used their softness to counterbalance the sleekness of their own aesthetique. Today these hand woven pile rugs are a classic focal point coveted by design enthusiasts worldwide.
Souk Find Details:
- Natural wool
- Black abstract geometric design
- Size 4 ft 7 inches x 3 ft 10 inches (55 inches x 46 inches)
Each hand knotted symbol has a meaning. Most often, rugs are handmade by women during inclement seasons when they are not able to go about freely. This is particularly true for tribes located in the Atlas mountains during winter months. Each spring when movement is again possible, tribes exchanged goods including rugs, through which the women were able to communicate with the other tribeswomen, telling them all the latest news and updates, such as marriages, births and deaths, among other happenings. These rugs not only functioned as a method of keeping tribal traditions alive, but also as diaries, journals and newsletters.