Salam is a stunning find from the Beni Ourain tribe. Meaning "peace" in Moroccan Arabic, this rug brings a sense of contentment to me. The pattern is so interesting as it changes throughout the lenght of the rug. It has orange accents in there and it feels like a happy rug!
Beni Ourains 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 cream with faded brown/taupe and brighter orange detailing. Hand knotted wool. **Please note: this rug is NOT stark white, but more of a creamy background that is typical of natural wool. :)
ESTIMATED AGE:Vintage - approx. 30-40 years old
SIZE: 79"x110" (not including tassels)
PILE: Medium /Low
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.