Originally woven by the Beni Ourain tribe for use as bedding, our collection of one-of-a- kind pile carpets are hand-woven from the long curly wool of an ancient breed of Berber sheep.
From the eighth to the twentieth century, this nomadic tribe lived in remote region in the Middle Atlas Mountains of North Africa secluded from the influence of Arab aesthetics. As a result of the centuries of cultural isolation, the Beni Ourain tribe carpets represent a pure strain of abstract magical utilitarian art that was created to protect the human spirit from negative energy and to protect the human body from the elements.
In the early 20th century, with the advent of Western abstract art, Beni Ourain carpets began to be appreciated and incorporated into interiors by visionary designers such as Le Cobusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Alto, Ruby Ross Wood and Frances Elkins. The subdued yet bold presence of a Beni Ouarain tribal carpet blends beautifully with the clean lines of modern furniture and architecture.
In the 21st century, Beni Ourain carpets continue to be collected and appreciated by architects and interior designers. With its natural warmth durability and sparse elegant black and white designs, each unique hand-woven tribal art carpet in our collection brings true modernist style to an interior space.
We invite you to visit our Beni Ourain Moroccan rug souk in the Chelsea Market, or explore our online shop filled with our current collection of unique modern & vintage Beni Ourain exta large carpets and new Beni Ourain runners. We have collected a wide variety of original Beni Ourain carpets: lattice patterns, criss-cross patterns, wave patterns, diamond patterns, jewel patterns, zip patterns, greek key designs, monochrome designs, modern moroccans, and vintage moroccans… This hand-picked collection of one-of-a-kind Beni Ourain rugs ranges from refined Beni Ourains with a luminous sheen to rustic Beni Ourains with a deep ‘flokati style’ pile, traditional odd Moroccan sizes to contemporary extra large and nearly standard sizes ….all hand-woven in Morocco from 100% sheep’s wool.
To make an appointment to see our Beni Ourain carpets in the Chelsea Market, please call 212-675-9700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or just drop by it might be your lucky day!
For more design inspiration: check out our Beni Ourain carpet board on pinterest