This vintage Marmoucha (a sub-tribe of the famous Beni Ourain tribe) is really special! My Moroccan friend's mom kept this rug for him since he was a baby, and then he sold it to me! It's been in his family for the last 30 years and has been preserved so well. You'll notice the colors are very bold and not a bit faded! The combo of warm creamy wool with brown and red is so nice.
Beni Ourains are known for their denseness and thick knot construction. 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 dark brown (almost black) & red. Hand knotted wool.
**PLEASE NOTE: this rug is NOT stark white, but more of a creamy background consistent with natural wool.
ESTIMATED AGE:Vintage - approx 30 years
SIZE: 55 x 85" (not including tassels)
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.