This vintage Beni Ouarain style diamond pattern rug from the 90’s or more recently is a somewhat typical rug for the Middle Atlas region but the wool pile is somewhat felted and the warp is made from industrial yarns (not wool.)
* Size is 9’2″ x 5’8″
*This particular rug is a wonderfully rustic, wabi sabi rug made for family use in the Middle Atlas region yet is likely not made by the Beni Ouarain.
The Beni Ourain are a group of Berber tribes hailing from the middle Atlas regions of Morocco. Due to their almost exclusive use of undyed sheep’s wool the Beni Ourain rugs are consistently cream based, pile rugs (rarer loop knotted rugs can be found) with simple, almost primitive designs that were usually made by one woman seated at a transportable loom over the course of months. The designs of the rugs would tell a story of her choosing with Berber tribal symbols of lozenges, stripes and so on. Originally made as bedding these rugs were made to keep a family cozy and comfortable during the harsh winter months in the Atlas mountains. The Atlas mountains are also the reason why the wool is so highly prized; their high mountain sheep produce particularly thick and silky wool which ages wonderfully over time!