Vintage Beni Ouarain Berber Rug

Circa 1950
Northeastern Middle Atlas, Morocco
310 cm x 185 cm
10'2" x 6'0"

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 with an ivory background and decorated with abstract geometric motifs of undyed natural wool. It is one of the most refined expressions of the tribal textile art of Morocco.This rare and unusual example is distinguished by a completely open field save for a pair of black parallel lines that run close to the sides across the length of the carpet. The off white natural ivory field contrasts very efficiently with this border device as well as with the embellishments at both ends.

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