BENI OUARAIN N° BO380
An impressive Beni Ouarain, 1960s-70s, from the northeastern Middle Atlas with a low contrast in the geometric tribal design. The pattern consists of a rhomboid lattice-like arrangement with “tree of life” motifs and hexagonal stars on the borders. The calm pattern, the densely woven pile and the excellent quality of wool give this Beni Ouarain a classic value that will remain constant over time. Unfortunately, the image doesn’t do it justice.
12'4" × 6'5"
The tribal territory of the BENI OUARAIN includes most of the entire high mountain region of the northeastern part in the Middle Atlas. The Beni Ouarain are a confederation of seventeen tribes living in the area. Their territory is bordered by the Jebel Bou Iblane Range in the south and southeast and by the Jebel Tazekka in the north. The knotted rugs from the Beni Ouarain, originally made to use as beds, are known for their exceptional quality of wool, a high pile (up to 4 cm/ 1.57 in) and a classic lozenge pattern in dark brown or black on a white ground. Similar pile rugs with the same color scheme have also been made among other groups in some of the neighboring regions. The rugs of the Beni Alaham, Marmoucha and Ait Seghrouchène are often confused with the ones of the Beni Ouarain even if their patterns are quite particular.