Beautiful Vintage Moroccan Red Rug, Country of Origin: Morocco, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century – This spectacular piece is from the mid-20th century and is the work of the Beni Ourain tribes of Morocco. These rugs became iconic pieces that were paired with furniture from artists such as Le Corbusier, Ray Eames, and other abstract artists of the time. They were the perfect way to create contrast between the streamlined furniture that emphasized function and form over its more decorative aspects.
The Beni Ourain is a confederation of 17 tribes that inhabit various regions of the Atlas Mountains. Each of the tribes has a distinctive style. The wool is obtained from sheep raised by the tribe. Wool from this area is known for its soft, strong fibers, and sheen that catches the light beautifully within the room. The rugs are dyed using natural plants from the surrounding area. They are durable, and the colors remain brilliant for many years, as you can see from this example.
The symbols and colors used in the rug have a special meaning. The tribal women who weave them believe that each rug has a unique spirit that is embodied in the wool that is used and the plants that are used for the dyes. Red is the color that symbolizes strength and protection. The rugs tell the story of the lives of the women, their people, and the world around them. Whenever there is an abrupt pattern shift in the rug, it represents a life-changing event such as a birth, death, marriage, or some other significant event. To own one of these masterpieces is to own a piece of the tribal history of the people.
This breathtaking Moroccan rug would be perfect for the foundation of a Midcentury Modern collection or for creating a tribal Bohemian look. One of the reasons why people treasure these rugs is for their long, soft pile and cozy texture. The intense red of this rug will create a feeling of energy and liveliness in the space.