Beni Ourain Area Rug from Morocco - Vintage Handmade Luxury Wool Pile Carpet - Natural with Black 130 x 68 inches - Moroccophile Souk
Beni Ourain Area Rug from Morocco - Vintage Handmade Luxury Wool Pile Carpet - Natural with Black 130 x 68 inches - Moroccophile Souk
Beni Ourain Area Rug from Morocco - Vintage Handmade Luxury Wool Pile Carpet - Natural with Black 130 x 68 inches - Moroccophile Souk
Beni Ourain Area Rug from Morocco - Vintage Handmade Luxury Wool Pile Carpet - Natural with Black 130 x 68 inches - Moroccophile Souk
Beni Ourain Area Rug from Morocco - Vintage Handmade Luxury Wool Pile Carpet - Natural with Black 130 x 68 inches - Moroccophile Souk

Beni Ourain Area Rug from Morocco - Vintage Handmade Luxury Wool Pile Carpet - Natural with Black 130 x 68 inches

Regular price $ 2,495.00

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.

  • Vintage
  • Natural wool
  • Black abstract geometric design and tribe symbology
  • Size 130 x 68 inches (10 ft 10 inches x 5 ft 8 inches)
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    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. 

    Weaving Traditions:

    While rug weaving itself dates back to the Paleolithic Era (Old Stone Age) up to 2.5 million years ago, the weaving traditions of the indigenous inhabitants of modern day Morocco date back to the 7th century, the earliest known date of settlement in the region. Hand woven rugs were created primarily for practical use - warmth and protection - and their style was a direct reflection of the local climate. Flat weave styles are found in warmer regions, while heavier pile rugs are typically made by tribes who inhabit colder Atlas Mountain locations, as with Beni Ourain and Azilal tribes.
    Beni Ourain weavers originate from a group of 15 to 17 tribes who primarily live in the Middle Atlas Mountains south of Fez. They make their living as sheep and goat herders who have ongoing access to the live wool - wool which is taken when a sheep is sheared versus from a sheepskin - used to create the much loved rugs.
     

    Tribe Storytelling: 

    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.