Vintage Beni Ouarain Berber Rug

Circa 1950
Northeastern Middle Atlas, Morocco
330 cm x 190 cm
10'9" x 6'2"

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. The design here begins with the traditional honeycomb arrangement of diamonds of irregular shape, these being embellished by filler motifs in the upper half of composition. A genuine old Beni Ouarain weaving of great elegance and wonderful patina.

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