Vintage Beni Ourain | Blake
176 x 275cm ( 5'9" x 9')
Age : 25-30 years old
This pretty Beni Ourain has an interesting background story that really makes you stop and think about the life of the weaver. We know from the type of wool and dimensions of this rug that it is from a Beni Ourain tribe, however the pattern on it is more indicative of the Azilal tribe. It was suggested to me that a woman from the Azilal tribe married into a Beni Ourain tribe and later made this rug. This is a good reminder that the designs in vintage Berber rugs are not instructed, but come from the woman and her life experience. In this case she was taught weaving patterns from her Azilal roots, and it is naturally what came out in her design of this rug. I think the result is stunning, and though it is a neutral piece it carries plenty of personality with it.
The Beni Ourain tribal group is made up of 17 smaller tribes that inhabit the Middle Atlas Mountains. Their carpets were made to use as floor coverings and heavy blankets to protect them from harsh mountain winters.
Vintage Berber rugs were not made for production, but as functional pieces to be used for many years and passed down through generations. The amazing thing about this is that it means that all the beautiful colors and patterns used have a true meaning behind them that are personal expressions of the woman who made it. These pieces can show signs of wear which I believe adds to their beauty and value, while telling a story about where they were before June + Blue. All rugs are cleaned, and any repairs needed are done in Morocco before shipment.
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