beni ourain carpets

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Beni Ourain rugs are traditionally made by women with no formal training and are woven from memory. Often improvised and asymmetrical, in the context of an austere, modernist interior they provide much-needed warmth. In the High Atlas Mountain region, where Mount Toubkal stands as the highest peak in North Africa, they were traditionally used as blankets and shawls. “One of the weavers I know, Miriam, puts her rug over her shoulders like a robe when she wakes up in the morning,” says Elad-Echariti.

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The rugs from the Azilal region of the Atlas Mountains are quite a bit more expressive. Using the same creamy wool as the Beni Ourain, the free-moving abstractions and crawling patterns are dense with symbolism. Each rug tells its own story. “They incorporate symbols like the Hand of Fatima or an evil eye for protection,” says Elad-Echariti. The tints of wool are dyed using locally available plants and berries.

Beni Ourain rugs are likely the most comfortable rugs you’ll ever encounter. They are made from 100% sheep wool and are 100% undyed. These heirloom rugs are made for those who appreciate truly the natural world. They are the epitome of warmth and luxury.

beni ourain style rug

All Beni Ourain rugs share a signature style with geometric designs. It’s a classic design for any room. You can expect to see dark brown lines and shapes on a white or cream background. You’ll also see symbols. They tell true stories from each weaver’s life.

When you’re looking for something plush for your feet or to keep you warm at night, these gorgeous rugs are ideal!

Beni Ourain rugs tend to be predominantly cream, which keeps a room light and can brighten up a darker space that might not get a ton of sun. But if you’re wanting something a little different but in the same vein, consider the inverted cream-on-brown (or dark gray/black) option. How fresh does this look in this San Francisco space?

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And if you hunt around, you can find Beni Ourain-style rugs that have a little color in them. These aren’t to be confused with Moroccan boucherouite rugs, which have a similar vibe but are even more saturated and generally made of rags. But back to Beni Ourains. If you can find something with subtle color, it would make a nice option for a nursery, kid’s room, or really any room that needs extra an extra pop.

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 The history of Beni Ourain rugs

To understand Beni Ourain rugs better, let’s look at their history. Traditional Berber rugs were made by Beni Ourain tribes. They lived deep in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.

Beni Ourain rugs from a special sheep

The Atlas Mountains are in the exact region where special sheep can be found. These smaller sheep are an ancient breed. They produce the excellent high quality wool that makes Beni Ourain rugs so special. Even today, they roam the rugged Middle Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Our Sukhi rugs are handcrafted from this special breed of sheep.

Completely natural and authentic

Do you enjoy rugs from truly rural settings? Then you will appreciate Beni Ourain rugs. These magnificent rugs have a fascinating ability. They connect the long history of the nomadic Berber tribes with modern day interiors. Bring a genuine piece of Morocco heritage into your home.

A piece of the soul of Morocco

The lives of their makers are all part of the process. Women usually weave these rugs. They creatively infuse elements from their lives into the designs. These can be references to natural events. Sometimes you’ll see aspects of daily life. We’ve seen designs about birth, fertility, nature and femininity. We’ve seen stories of rural life and personal beliefs emerge.