Beni Ouarain Rug “Souk” 185x260cm
1 120,00 €
SOUK Vintage Beni Ouarain Rug 185x260cm
Tribe: Beni Ouarain
Design & color: natural wool base with black patterns.
Estimated age: 50 years
Ground warp: Z-twist, wool
Ground weft: Z-twist, wool, 4picks/1cm
Pile weft: Z-twist, wool, 1,5knots/1cm, short pile height
Knot type: symmetrical knot
Every old and genuine Moroccan Berber rug in our carefully curated collection has a history and a story to tell. Authentic Berber rug brings any space alive by giving depth and contrast -creating more soulful spaces to live and work. Soulful spaces invoke personality, longing, memory, a moment in time. They bring a sense of self and calm. The quality of an authentic Berber rug do make an impression on anyone; it’s pure art. The Berber rugs are our speciality field and we’ve been learned all of our knowledge in practice. By driving over 20 000 km in Morocco -these narrow and curvy roads of Atlas-Mountain, which are often in a very bad shape- and meeting local nomads and Berbers on the way, learning all of our knowledge about these amazing rugs from them. It’s a pleasure to be able to share that information with you so that you can be sure what you are purchasing. Genuine nomad rugs are for those who appreciate the authenticity and timeless design, and who value quality, sustainability and individuality. The kind you fall in love forever.
Berber rugs are made by the Berber (Amazigh) women of different nomadic tribes. Berbers call themselves Amazigh which means free man, and there’s this certain symbol that’s the ”Amazigh symbol” a.k.a the free men. There are multiple Berber tribes and the rugs are named after them. Tribes and families have their own often recognizable styles making rugs. Berber rugs are made out of long-tailed Berber sheeps wool. The higher sheep lives the better wool is. Berber sheeps lives in the Atlas Mountains, and the wool is one of the highest quality wool in the world. It’s been compared to cashmere fabric cause it’s very warm, soft, shiny, aethereal and luxurious. The sheeps graze free in the fields and bushes and you often see the shepherds and their sheep flocks beside roads.
Making yarn out of the wool is a slow process, first of all cleaning up and washing the wool is quite difficult considering the sheeps graze free in the bushes so their wool is full of twigs and debris from the nature. After cleaning the wool needs to be carded, which is a process of brushing the wool fibres to organize them. It creates a continuous web of fibres that can be spit in the spinning rolls, final step is spinning the wool in to a yarn. If there’s going to be colors in a rug, wool needs to be dyed by hand with natural colors. The rugs are weaved in a vertical loom knot by knot, weaving in a middle. The designs are a special kind because when the women makes a rug most of the time they don’t plan the designs in advance. It’s kind of a journal to some, where they write their thoughts whats comes to mind using old Berber symbols. There’s a free self-expression within the loom for women. Sometimes they use patterns what they see in the nature. For example if some animal walks on the fine Sahara sand it leaves these patterns on the sand and that might inspire the weavers. The typically made diamond pattern shows in many Berber crafts and tattoos is called ”sheep´s eye” and it symbolizes protection. In the rugs, the pattern usually is not exact, but there’s some vibrancy. Amazighs (Berbers) are free-spirited and many rugs are made out of pure imagination without any influences from the western world and that is what makes these rugs so one of a kind, there’s nothing like them. And that´s why we say they are pure art.
Old and authentic Beni Ouarains are not easy to find nowadays and every piece we managed to find is special. Beni Ouarains are typically quite big and fluffy. Simple black, grey or brown patterns on a white base. Sometimes red details. They use mainly berber knots. An the quality of the wool beyond compare, it actually shines.
There are lots of poor quality new copies available of them, but you with a high probability recognize them just by touching the wool and looking the knotting and how it’s made…