Originally woven by the Beni Ourain tribe for use as bedding, our collection of one-of-a- kind pile carpets are hand-woven from the long curly wool of an ancient breed of Berber sheep.
From the eighth to the twentieth century, this nomadic tribe lived in remote region in the Middle Atlas Mountains of North Africa secluded from the influence of Arab aesthetics. As a result of the centuries of cultural isolation, the Beni Ourain tribe carpets represent a pure strain of abstract magical utilitarian art that was created to protect the human spirit from negative energy and to protect the human body from the elements.
In the early 20th century, with the advent of Western abstract art, Beni Ourain carpets began to be appreciated and incorporated into interiors by visionary designers such as Le Cobusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Alto, Ruby Ross Wood and Frances Elkins. The subdued yet bold presence of a Beni Ouarain tribal carpet blends beautifully with the clean lines of modern furniture and architecture.
In the 21st century, Beni Ourain carpets continue to be collected and appreciated by architects and interior designers. With its natural warmth durability and sparse elegant black and white designs, each unique hand-woven tribal art carpet in our collection brings true modernist style to an interior space.
We have collected a wide variety of original Beni Ourain carpets: lattice patterns, criss-cross patterns, wave patterns, diamond patterns, jewel patterns, zip patterns, greek key designs, monochrome designs, modern moroccans, and vintage moroccans. Our hand-picked collection of one-of-a-kind Beni Ourain rugs ranges from refined Beni Ourains with a luminous sheen to rustic Beni Ourains with a deep ‘flokati style’ pile, traditional odd Moroccan sizes to contemporary extra large and nearly standard sizes. We also specialize in collecting and sourcing one-of-a-kind Azilal rugs.
Not until the1990′s, did the wider world learn of Azilal rugs, textiles woven by Imazighen women of the Azilal province in the Moroccan region of Tadla-Azilal in the Atlas Mountains. These artistic abstract rugs were created for personal domestic use and not for sale in the local Berber rug markets. This avant-garde style of weaving is appreciated as art by Moroccan carpet connoisseurs. These 20th century carpets are one-of-a-kind and woven from dyed and un-dyed sheep’s wool. Ranging from colorful loose patterns to perfectly neutral ivory & ebony diamond lattice designs, they are an interesting alternative to a Beni Ourain carpet.
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