Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Berber Rug, Morocco, Mid-Twentieth Century – Here is a beautiful vintage rug – a Berber carpet, woven by the widely admired and celebrated tribal artisans of the Beni Ourain in Morocco. Rugs produced by this group boast a very particular set of aesthetic values, including an emphasis on minimalism, abstraction, and an understated, straightforward color pallet. As it were, this set of values is highly complementary with that of the mid-century modern school of design, which similarly emphasizes deconstruction and simplicity. This incidental overlap has led to a brilliant marriage of these two aesthetic ideals, with traditionally composed Moroccan rugs such as this beautiful example gracing the floors of many a mid-century modern interior. The design of this rug is characterized by a stark understated feel, which stands out even among a style that is famous for its tendency to understate. Here, there are two simple vertical stretches of brown lines that form the vertical borders, and a simple series of linked squares that run up and down the center – and that is all. There is no indication as to correct orientation, and no insight into what is being communicated by the simple lines of this carpet – rather, there is just the invitation to look closer, and to pair this piece with furniture that features stark, straight, bold lines to create a compelling contrast. A brilliant example of the powerfully lingering aesthetics of the tribal rug weavers of Morocco, this charming carpet is sure to add an unparalleled level of sophistication to any interior.