Beautiful Tribal Berber Vintage Moroccan Rug, Country of Origin: Morocco, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century – Berber rugs are a classic that have retained their place in interior design since the middle of the 20th century. These gorgeous designs are loved for their natural, organic design that seems to evolve over the length of the piece in a way that it appears to be abstract or random. These rugs are made from sheep raised by the tribes that have lived in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco for thousands of years. When you know their story, these pieces are no longer random at all, but instead, they represent important pieces of tribal history.
The Beni Ourain is a confederation of nomadic tribes with a rich weaving tradition that includes creating rugs that are both beautiful and practical. They have a characteristically long pile that is warm and soft. These rugs were originally made to be used with the pile side down for warmth. However, now, we enjoy them as a plush landing for our feet. They add texture to styles such as Swedish modern and have a primitive, tribal character that is perfect for Boho chic and eclectic styles.
The tribal designs of the rug and colors can be used to represent an idea or life event. When the pattern changes, it often represents a significant life event that changed the circumstances of the weaver. These rugs are treasured pieces of artistic expression by the women of the tribe.
The beautiful designs and special connection to a primitive people are what drove midcentury designers to incorporate them into iconic styles of the era. They were often found as the foundation for furniture made from plastic, Lucite, and steel that emphasized form and function. Today, we still love for many of the same reasons that these early designers did, and this one will make a beautiful addition to a wide range of contemporary styles. The traditional look and feel of this Moroccan rug will make the perfect addition to styles from Swedish modern to something a bit more eclectic. Most importantly, it will allow you to express your own unique style and personality.