A Magnificent Vintage Room Size Moroccan Beni Ourain Area Rug, Origin Country: Morocco, Circa / Rug Date: Mid 20th Century — Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs hold a special place in modern decor and hold a special place in the history of interior design. This specific vintage rug from Morocco is a great example of what makes these mid century modern rugs so desirable.
The Moroccan rugs became an important part of the mid century modern interior design scene because they fit well with modern and postmodern design ideology. They are very much in line with many of the abstract art that were being produced by contemporary artists, but they held a special place in the art scene because of their tribal and folk art roots.
To make it even more special, each of these shag Moroccan rugs uses symbols to tell the story of the weaver, their family, or their community. Many of these rugs depict designs and patterns that were derived from the ancient Berber tattoos. This makes them more than just decorative rugs to be used on the floor. They are, in a way, a recording of messages and meaning that only those who know the true meaning of the symbols could decipher.
This specific vintage ivory shag Moroccan Beni Ourain rug uses a diamond pattern and geometric form in an allover pattern that stretches from end to the other. The rug uses a formal border on the ends and sides to define the space. This beautiful plush shag texture rug has rough vertical and horizontal symmetry, but it also has a hand-drawn quality so the symmetry is not precise. This gives the rug a hand drawn quality that lends itself to the uniqueness.
Without a doubt, this Moroccan Beni Ourain rug would make a beautiful addition to any modern, contemporary, minimalist or Scandinavian design that calls for a one of a kind vintage piece to make it stand out.
These magnificent vintage rugs are renown for their subtle marks of beauty and unique approach towards patterning and texture. This example of craftsmanship and artistry is apparent in the most gentle of ways in this elegant piece. Perhaps the most distinctive feature is the edging of dark browns that break up the surface and background that is established by the cream weaving that facilitates the movement of the rest of the pattern. There is a dynamic quality in the approach taken by the designer that allows the connecting diamonds to ebb and flow across the surface of the rug as you approach the center. Residing here, a mixture of geometric forms and sparse patterning creates a center of visual interest that is at once both immediate and ephemeral in terms of its grounding and impact. In all, the line work captivates you while the colors and composition facilitate relaxation.