A Magnificent Mid 20th Century Modern Tribal Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Area Rug, Country Of Origin: Morocco, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century – Mid-20th century Moroccan rugs are a classic that still has many adoring fans today. They have made their way into interior styles that feature elements of the natural world. They are the perfect complement for styles such as Swedish modern, minimalist, or and other nature-inspired aesthetics. Their tribal charm and soft texture also make them the perfect addition to a Boho chic space.
The rugs of the Berber tribes of Morocco were iconic accompaniments to midcentury furniture styles that focused on function and form over decorative elements. These gorgeous pieces with their long pile and soft texture created a contrast to the streamlined pieces of plastic, steel, and Lucite. You can find them featured in many popular magazines of the time. They are a perfect piece for authentic vintage rooms and for modern retro-inspired interiors.
For the Berber tribes, these rugs were a work of artistic expression that tells a story. The women of the tribe created these masterpieces as a form of self-expression. The symbols and can colors each represent a certain element of the story. Straight lines represent male figures, and curvy round figures represent women. The diamond pattern on this rug represents a metal worker or blacksmith, which was highly revered trade. Each break or change in the pattern represents an interruption in life, such as birth, death, or another life event.
As you can see, this vintage North African Moroccan rug is as fascinating as it is beautiful. The wool used in the rug is from the local sheep raised by the tribe. The Moroccan Berber rugs are known for their softness and durability that has allowed them to remain classics. It is easy to see why mid century designers were so fascinated by them. This piece would make a beautiful addition to your home or collection.
Rendered in a bold combination of ivory and walnut brown, this vintage rug from Morocco features a multitude of ancient protection symbols used for millennia to ward off the malevolent glances of the evil eye. Cruciform symbols and geometric motifs that represent the human eye are universal amulets used to deflect evil glances. Horizontal rows of branching Tree of Life rug motifs break up the beautifully varied field while displaying an important symbol of longevity. This delightfully detailed vintage mid century rug incorporates a variety of symbols arranged in a formal composition that showcases the plush pile and chic ribbed texture. Flat-woven ends and ropy fringes add a jovial air of tribal charm that completes the artful composition of this magnificent vintage Moroccan carpet.