Soo different than Persian rugs, and yet elegant and sophisticated in its own way. These beautiful “White Giants” have a simple geometric design on a background of undyed natural sheep wool.
Beni Ouarain rugs are handwoven by a group of Berber tribes living in the North Eastern part of the Middle Atlas Mountains. They are always loosely knotted with a rather long pile.
These days you can find vintage Beni Ouarain rugs as well as many nice new made pieces. All are handwoven by women who invent the rugs while weaving. Opposite to Persian rugs, there is no set drawing or cartoon to follow. So every weaver is the artist of her own rug and she has the freedom to incorporate her own ideas and imagination as she weaves along.
The newer pieces are generally more predictable in look and feel, with the typical geometric diamond design in a dark colour on a natural white wool background. The advantage of these newer styles is that they have good standard sizes, often about 200x300cm.
With the vintage rugs, its design indicates what tribe the weaver is from. She weaves according to her tribes tradition and therefore uses certain motifs instead of others, to identify herself with her tribe.
Here at Emily’s House we have both new made and vintage Beni Ouarain carpets. Browse our collection and find inspiration for what works best at your home!