Beni Ourain Rugs
Moroccan Beni Ourain carpets are woven from undyed natural wool and traditionally decorated with brown/grey/black geometric designs.
The History of Beni Ourain Rugs
Traditional Berber rugs were made by nomadic Beni Ourain tribes. They lived deep in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. These rugs are elegantly simple in design, representing the sparse surrounds of the Moroccan landscape.
The sheep found in the Atlas Mountains region of Morocco are an ancient breed that produce the excellent high quality wool that makes Beni Ourain rugs so special. The long shaggy pile of natural undyed wool, feels incredible under bare foot.
Beni Ourain rugs are woven from the natural ivory sheep wool that covers the sheep's body, the pattern is woven from the wool on the sheep's head, it looks black, but it is not, it is either dark brown, light brown, dark gray, or light gray. Sheep with jet black wool on their heads are rare.
Beni Ourain berber rugs have classic geometric designs, that allow them to fit into any interior style with ease. With a design that never goes out of style your original Beni Ourain rug is a good investment.
With renewed interest in this style of rug ensure, if you want the original Beni Ourain rug, that the rug you are purchasing is authentic. Beni Ourain rugs are not available everywhere, there are rugs with similar designs in rug stores that can be purchased for considerably less.
Here's a few things to look out for, or ask your retailer, before you buy
- Ask where the wool comes from and where it is made
- Ask for a certificate or proof of authenticity
- You can use price as a rough guide, with non-genuine rugs having a substantially lower price
I have sourced a few websites where you can start your research. If you are inspired to purchase one of these beautiful rugs, be sure and send me a pic of it in your home!
Small range of original Beni Ourain rugs online for significantly discounted prices, e.g. 'Aicha' design 100x140cm AUD$540.00 (discount price) to 300x400cm AUD$3874.00 as @September 2016 (please check current prices online)
Etsy have a range of online stores that promote Beni Ourain rugs. Be sure to check the credentials of any store, and the product that you are purchasing, to ensure you get what you pay for!