Beni Ourain Berber rug from Morocco

Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain rugs are considered the most prestigious rugs in Morocco, handwoven from high quality silky wool, each Moroccan beni ourain rug is a unique piece. These lush Berber carpets find their place in all interior decorations.

Collection of 267 Beni ourain rugs

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Beni Ourain #BO61077 / 61078 pair of bedsides rugs

Berber rug #BO61077 / 61078 pair of bedsides rugs type Beni Ourain

95x55 cm - 3'1" x 1'9"

Price on request BO61077 / 61078 pair of bedsides rugs
Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain #BO61073 / 61074 pair of bedsides rugs

Berber rug #BO61073 / 61074 pair of bedsides rugs type Beni Ourain

100x55 cm - 3'3" x 1'9"

Price on request BO61073 / 61074 pair of bedsides rugs
Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain #BO61075 / 61076 pair of bedsides rugs

Berber rug #BO61075 / 61076 pair of bedsides rugs type Beni Ourain

100x55 cm - 3'3" x 1'9"

Price on request BO61075 / 61076 pair of bedsides rugs
Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain #BO62006

Berber rug #BO62006 type Beni Ourain

110x60 cm - 3'7" x 1'11"

Price on request BO62006
Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain #BO62007

Berber rug #BO62007 type Beni Ourain

110x60 cm - 3'7" x 1'11"

Price on request BO62007
Beni Ourain

RUNNER RUGS #BO53108

RUNNER RUGS #BO53108

115x55 cm - 3'9" x 1'9"

Price on request BO53108
RUNNER RUGS

Beni Ourain and Boujaad with colors #BO53109

Berber rug #BO53109 type Beni Ourain and Boujaad with colors

115x55 cm - 3'9" x 1'9"

Price on request BO53109
Beni Ourain and Boujaad with colors

RUNNER RUGS #BO52181

RUNNER RUGS #BO52181

115x85 cm - 3'9" x 2'9"

Price on request BO52181
RUNNER RUGS

MODERN RUGS #BO56019

MODERN RUGS #BO56019

130x85 cm - 4'3" x 2'9"

Price on request BO56019
MODERN RUGS

MODERN RUGS #BOZ58091

MODERN RUGS #BOZ58091

140x100 cm - 4'7" x 3'3"

Price on request BOZ58091
MODERN RUGS

Beni Ourain #BO58024

Berber rug #BO58024 type Beni Ourain

140x115 cm - 4'7" x 3'9"

Price on request BO58024
Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain #BOZ60004

Berber rug #BOZ60004 type Beni Ourain

145x100 cm - 4'9" x 3'3"

Price on request BOZ60004
Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain #BOZ58037 carreaux

Berber rug #BOZ58037 carreaux type Beni Ourain

145x105 cm - 4'9" x 3'5"

Price on request BOZ58037 carreaux
Beni Ourain

MODERN RUGS #BO61081

MODERN RUGS #BO61081

150x95 cm - 4'11" x 3'1"

Price on request BO61081
MODERN RUGS

Beni Ourain #BO58018

Berber rug #BO58018 type Beni Ourain

150x100 cm - 4'11" x 3'3"

Price on request BO58018
Beni Ourain

MODERN RUGS #BOZ61069

MODERN RUGS #BOZ61069

150x100 cm - 4'11" x 3'3"

Price on request BOZ61069
MODERN RUGS

Beni Ourain and Boujaad with colors #BO63051

Berber rug #BO63051 type Beni Ourain and Boujaad with colors

150x105 cm - 4'11" x 3'5"

Price on request BO63051
Beni Ourain and Boujaad with colors

MODERN RUGS #BOZ60042

MODERN RUGS #BOZ60042

150x105 cm - 4'11" x 3'5"

Price on request BOZ60042
MODERN RUGS

MODERN RUGS #BOZ60031

MODERN RUGS #BOZ60031

150x105 cm - 4'11" x 3'5"

Price on request BOZ60031
MODERN RUGS

Beni Ourain #BOZ60033

Berber rug #BOZ60033 type Beni Ourain

150x110 cm - 4'11" x 3'7"

Price on request BOZ60033
Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain #BOZ60059

Berber rug #BOZ60059 type Beni Ourain

150x110 cm - 4'11" x 3'7"

Price on request BOZ60059
Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain #BO60060

Berber rug #BO60060 type Beni Ourain

150x110 cm - 4'11" x 3'7"

Price on request BO60060
Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain #BO58020

Berber rug #BO58020 type Beni Ourain

150x115 cm - 4'11" x 3'9"

Price on request BO58020
Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain #BO55346

Berber rug #BO55346 type Beni Ourain

158x100 cm - 5'2" x 3'3"

Price on request BO55346
Beni Ourain

MODERN RUGS #BOZ58029

MODERN RUGS #BOZ58029

155x105 cm - 5'1" x 3'5"

Price on request BOZ58029
MODERN RUGS

Beni Ourain #BO61010

Berber rug #BO61010 type Beni Ourain

155x110 cm - 5'1" x 3'7"

Price on request BO61010
Beni Ourain

Beni Ourain #BOZ60034

Berber rug #BOZ60034 type Beni Ourain

155x110 cm - 5'1" x 3'7"

Price on request BOZ60034
Beni Ourain

MODERN RUGS #BO58043

MODERN RUGS #BO58043

160x100 cm - 5'2" x 3'3"

Price on request BO58043
MODERN RUGS

Beni Ourain #BO56021

Berber rug #BO56021 type Beni Ourain

160x110 cm - 5'2" x 3'7"

Price on request BO56021
Beni Ourain

MODERN RUGS #BOZ60041

MODERN RUGS #BOZ60041

160x100 cm - 5'2" x 3'3"

Price on request BOZ60041
MODERN RUGS

Beni Ouarain Berber rugs

Beni Ouarain Berber carpets are authentic Moroccan carpets entirely hand-woven by the women of the Berber tribes of Beni Ouarain and nearby villages, residing in the northeast of the Middle Atlas of Morocco, more precisely in the current national park of Tazekka , a province located between the towns of Guercif, Taza and Sefrou.

TRADITIONAL USE OF BENI OUARAIN MATS :

Winter turns out to be icy in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains where the lowest temperatures in Africa are observed. To protect themselves in this hostile environment, the Berber families of the tribes of Beni Ouarain living in traditional tents, had no other alternative than to produce thick carpets of high quality wool.

Originally, Beni Ouarain rugs were not intended to have a decorative vocation but were rather a necessity dictated by circumstances: they were traditionally used as mattresses and blankets;

This is why the classic dimension is approximately 400X200cm, which makes it possible to sleep on the mat and to fold it up.

A few decades ago, the use of Beni Ouarain rugs was limited to Berber tents and homes in the Middle Atlas mountains. This is definitively broken at the beginning of the 20th century under the French protectorate.

Today, Beni Ouarain rugs have become an essential part of interior decoration in Western countries and have been present in all decoration magazines since the 1970s.

BENI OUARAIN WOOL :

Beni Ouarain carpets are made of virgin wool from sheep and ewes from the herds of the Berber tribes, it is of high quality characterized by a slight shine and golden and ivory reflections. This bio-natural wool is among other things produced thanks to a breed of rustic Berber sheep considered unique in the Middle Atlas called: “Marmoucha”.

The Berber tribes of Beni Ouarain excel in the choice of a soft and silky wool, whose harvest can last several years before gathering enough to weave some carpet, which clearly explains the rarity and the value of these Berber carpets.

PATTERNS AND COLORS OF BENI OUARAIN CARPETS :

Due to the landlocked and mountainous relief of the northeast of the Middle Atlas and unlike other Berber tribes, the art of Berber carpet weaving in the tribes of Beni Ouarain has never been influenced by the decorative patterns of oriental or Arabic carpets. . Beni Ouarain Berber rugs have retained their tribal originality. Their design is made up of asymmetrical minimalist patterns in black or brown, and geometric shapes: diamonds, lines, triangles. These highly decorative designs are woven on the bottom of natural virgin wool in an ivory color.

DIMENSIONS OF BENI OUARAIN MATS :

Given that the tents of the tribes of Beni Ouarain had a rectangular shape just like the current Berber houses whose rooms are long and narrow, the carpets which had to cover the whole of the interior space of the habitat, tend to be much longer than wide. Thus, a Beni Ouarain rug more than 2.20 meters wide cannot be a real old Beni Ouarain rug.

Beni Ouarain rugs are often 4 meters long by 2 meters wide, so that their new dimensions adapt perfectly to those of contemporary Western spaces, we currently find them in all sizes. The weight can vary between 20 to 35 kg and the height of the wool is between 25mm and 40mm.

BENI OUARAIN RUGS, A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION…

The Berber carpets of the Beni Ouarain tribes are characterized by their abstract artistic style which makes their purity and their ability to adapt to all places. Many European artists were inspired by these motifs in their works such as: Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier (who combined Berber carpets with designer furniture) without forgetting Paul Klee or Mondrian as well as most of the modernist architects of the years 1920 and 1930. Beni Ouarain rugs were particularly introduced into the field of interior decoration by Henri Matisse, who renamed them "The white giants"

This is what Timothy Whealon of Timothy Whealon Interiors in New York writes about Beni Ouarain rugs :

« I don't see them as a passing trend; but rather a decorative element that will always be present in interior decoration »
« This originality is exactly what explains this intense enthusiasm of decorators to stage them in their creations. They give rooms with a cold atmosphere, an incomparable warmth and a touch of life, an ethnicity »

BENI OUARAIN IN INTERIOR DECORATION :

Charm, luxury and simplicity come together harmoniously in Beni Ouarain rugs, making them the most famous and popular Berber rugs in Morocco and around the world, becoming a true reference in terms of design and interior decoration.

These Berber beni ouarain rugs from Morocco combine a modernist taste with a minimalist tendency, with a wealth of tribal art symbols and a deeply present contemporary touch.

Being lightly overloaded with colors and patterns, Beni Ouarain rugs carefully integrate tribal graphic art into the contemporary space of many decorative styles. They enhance wooden furniture, leather lounges or any designer furniture; they were often associated with Scandinavian furniture.

Beni Ouarain rugs create an incredible atmosphere around a fireplace or a living room, the off-white color and their texture give your room an unparalleled unique look... they paradoxically combine both with neutral atmospheres and those which are traditional or contemporary, and often soothe the overloaded atmosphere of living rooms, thanks to their floor covering which gives a very chic, extremely decorative accent.

Unlike the finest rugs that bend easily and must be constantly readjusted, the thickness of Beni Ouarin rugs gives them sturdiness and enough weight to stabilize them on the ground.

PRICE OF BENI OUARAIN MATS :

Beni Ouarain rugs are generally available at reasonable prices, although antique rugs are becoming increasingly rare. Their price varies according to several criteria such as: size, quality of wool, quality and density of weaving.

Antique Beni Ouarain rugs can be very expensive and difficult to find without expert expertise. Jean-Yves SEVESTRE who is established in Marrakech is one of them. He is also a major collector and trusted exporter worldwide.

He prefers to buy Beni Ouarain rugs directly from Berber women in their own villages with a spirit of fair trade. He thus avoids intermediaries and "carpet dealers" who overvalue carpets according to fashions and trends.

IMITATIONS AND FRAUD OF BENI OUARAIN CARPETS :

Unfortunately Turkish and Chinese factories produce copies of Beni Ouarain carpets with industrial wool and can be sold at half the price of an original. It is very easy to discover the fraud by simply checking the back of the carpet, the knotting and an irregular weft are the signs of a real Beni Ouarain.

THE LOVE FOR BENI OUARAIN CARPETS CONTINUES…

For the love of art, the women Beni Ouarain rug weavers are always hard at work and are proud to make custom rugs to be exported and participate in the promotion of their beautiful country of Morocco.

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE BENI OUARAIN TRIBES

Traditional costume of an Ait Jelidassen woman, who is one of the Beni Ouarain tribes.

HISTORY AND LIFESTYLE OF THE BENI OUARAIN TRIBES :

The semi-nomadic Beni Ouarain Berber tribes are now known worldwide for the quality of their white Berber carpets decorated with geometric shapes such as rhombuses, lines, triangles etc...

Beni Ouarain is the name of a confederation comprising 17 Berber tribes: (AhlTaida, Beni Abd el Hamid, Beni Jelidassen, Ait Ighezrane, Beni Zeggoute, Tahala, Beni Bou Zart, Zerarda and AhlTelt..etc.). They are the inhabitants of the mountains North East of the Middle Atlas, located south of the Moroccan Rif.

The origin of Beni Ouarain rugs in Morocco dates back to the 9th century with the arrival of Berber tribes certainly from southern Tunisia or northern Mauritania.

The Beni Ouarain tribes spend the summer with their herds made up of goats and sheep, on the heights of the mountains, at more than 2000 meters above sea level and descend into the grassy plains with the first snowfalls.

Thus, the flocks take full advantage of rich and abundant food throughout the year providing high quality wool to produce the most attractive carpets in the world.

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