Beni Ourain Area Rug from Morocco - Vintage Handmade Luxury Wool Pile Carpet - Natural with Black 130 x 68 inches
Bring storied bohemian chic style to your favorite wall or floor space with this Beni Ourain hand knotted pile rug in natural wool with black diamond motif plus script and symbols. The repeating diamond design is believed to invoke positive power, or baraka, to ward off evil. In those situations when that doesn't do the trick on its own, the asymmetry of the pattern becomes the back-up plan designed to misdirect, confuse and confound any evil intention that may find its way into the lives or homes of the rug's owner. Given the handmade quality, no two are alike.
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.
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.