Vintage Beni Ourain | Kate
155 x 391cm ( 5’1” x 12ft 10”)
Age : Approximately 80 years old
This beauty from the Beni Ourain tribe is a little piece of history! At approximately 80 years old it is an extremely rare find, especially in this excellent condition. The background is natural, undyed wool, with variants of brown, maroon and faded mauves throughout the pattern and symbols.
Berber homes were traditionally long and narrow, hence the reason vintage Moroccan rugs are characteristically not as wide as their modern counterparts. The dimensions of this rug alone make an incredible statement in a modern home, while at the same time reminding us of it’s origin. I love finding pieces that make us pause and think about their history. This incredible Beni Ourain is no exception, and aside from its beauty it is truly a special piece of Berber culture.
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.
Berber rugs were not made for production, but as functional pieces to be used for many years and passed down through generations. The colors and patterns are a combination of traditional Berber symbolism and the personal expressions of the woman who made it. These pieces can show signs of wear which adds to their character 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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