DESERT Beni Ourain Rug 13'8"'x6'11"
BENI OURAIN C81
The large, archaic looking, white-ground rug known as the Beni Ourain is the creation of Morocco’s mountain nomads. The thick, but loosely structured rugs were not used as a floor covers, but rather as beds and bedding. Efficient protection against the winter cold in snowy highland areas, the classic Beni Ourain features a network of black lines on a cream ground. The oldest rugs of the Beni Ourain have extremely rich designs.
Size: 13'8" x 6'11"
Age: 30 years
Snow-white ivory Beni Ourain do not exist. Even the whitest Icelandic sheepskin pelt has cream tips. This is the lanolin, which protects the wool. Moroccan sheep and Icelandic sheep could not be further apart geographically, however. Moroccan sheep are cream colored. And any photo that shows you differently is not depicting the true color. Beni Ourain are cream colored by tradition, and by accident of nature.
For nomadic shepherds of the Middle Atlas Morocco, the Beni Ourain rug serves as warmth in winter and decoration in summer. Inspired by the snowy, rocky fields and mountain streams that characterize her mountain landscape, a Beni Ourain woman will express her worldview on a field of cream, with decoration in delicate lines of henna brown and dark sable. The Beni Ourain rug is constructed using the typical Berber knot, which encircles two strands of the warp instead of one, making the rug particularly plush and supple.
The most iconic Beni Ourain are characterized by a highly irregular and discontinuous design, a reflection of the weaver's nomadic lifestyle and current emotional state. The immediacy and sincerity of design are what make the Beni Ourain such a beauty to behold. Each quietly elegant rug speaks to that place inside of all of us that yearns to live peacefully and free.
The age of a Beni Ourain is determined in part by the delicacy and intricacy of pattern. Older Beni Ourain speak with more eloquence, the design being more exquisite and subtle. Contemporary Beni Ourain of 20 to 30 years age tend to be more minimalistic and straightforward, more logical in pattern and motif.
Beni Ourain were never created wider than 6 to 7 feet (1.80 m to 2.15 m). The width of a Beni Ourain traditionally has been determined directly by the length of a human body. And its length, determined by the amount of wool rug required to cover two bodies lying side by side, each person folding one end of the rug over himself for warmth.
🌿 formerly PINK RUG Co.
Formerly known by the name Pink Rug Co., we offer chic vintage Moroccan rugs that conform to the sleek minimalist style that ruled during the mid-20th century. And now we also specialize in the sumptuous vintage-washed custom Beni Ourain - a stunning example of the style, talent and creative forces of weavers perched on a rolling hill in the Beni Ourain mountains. Modern, timeless and joyfully abstract, our hand-selected collection of Boucherouite and definitive custom Beni Ourain embody the luxurious minimalist style that made regional rugs prized design accessories with Le Corbusier and the modernists.
Rugs ship safely and securely from Marrakesh, Morocco by DHL. Rugs are guaranteed to arrive to you. All rugs are washed before shipping. So please allow 2 weeks for us to prepare your rug after purchase. Transit time is about a week to anywhere in the world. Customs duties depend on country. The US has a free trade agreement with Morocco.
Unless rugs are damaged during shipping, all sales are final. Please ask all questions before buying, and review photos carefully.