Vintage Beni Ouarain Berber Rug

Circa 1980
Northeastern Middle Atlas, Morocco
310 cm x 200 cm
10'2" x 6'6"

The Beni Ouarain confederation is composed of seventeen tribes inhabiting the high mountain region of the northeastern Middle Atlas. Their rugs differ from other Berber weavings in that they are woven almost exclusively on an ivory background and decorated with abstract geometric motifs in undyed natural brown/black wool. The pattern is typically composed of an all-over grid of lozenges with little or no variation. Here the pattern is broken down in two main sections, the more typical honeycomb diamond arrangement changing abruptly into a zig zag element. The resulting format is particularly useful for our interior design purposes.

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