Vintage Beni Ourain from the 1970’s. The wool used in the pile knots of this rug were dyed with henna and have now faded to a pale peachy orange color. Henna is a traditional part of Moroccan weddings that is believed to bring good luck, health, protection and wealth to the bride in her new life. There are also small lines and markings done in red wool, which is another indication that this rug was originally made as a wedding gift. The tribal symbol is done in a mix of dark gray, black, and indigo colors. *The indoor/closeup photos shown most accurately represent the colors.
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 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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