Poms is a stunning find from a sub-tribe of the Beni Ourain people. It is known as a Marmoucha rug. I named this vintage Beni for the Pom Poms that are on the end of the tassels (see the last photo). The condition on this one is excellent. It's very well constructed with a tight weave, and if you look close, you can see the year it was made (1971) woven right in!
Beni Ourain rugs are known for their dense pile and reversible design. You'll see from the pictures, the back is also beautiful. This rug was woven in the Middle Atlas mountain region in Morocco, where temperatures can change drastically. These pieces are significant to Berber culture as the higher pile kept members of the family warm. Traditionally these rugs were not used purely for decorative purposes, but more commonly as blankets or to sleep on!
ABOUT MOROCCAN RUGS:
Each vintage Moroccan rug is hand woven and knotted by Berber women of the tribal region specified. This level of craftsmanship can take up to weeks or months to complete a single rug. Weaving techniques have been passed down through the generations. The patterns, designs, and colors in each rug vary with each rug, weaver, and tribe – so each piece is truly a unique work of art and 2 pieces will never be the same. Often these rugs have been handed down through the families who created them, and have been uncovered from the mountain and rural areas of Morocco.
COLORS/MATERIALS: warm creamy ivory with medium rich brown. Hand knotted wool. **please note: this rug is NOT stark white, but more of a creamy background :)
ESTIMATED AGE:Vintage - nearly 50 years old
SIZE: 81 x 166" (not including tassels)
PILE/CONDITION: Medium; Great condition
PLEASE NOTE:Because this is a handmade item, there may be slight imperfections in weaving, pattern, or shape. Please note all vintage items have endured a previous life and so may have slight wear and repairs.