EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BENI OUARAIN RUGS
What is a Beni Ouarain rug? It’s considered the most prestigious type of Berber rug in Morocco. Handwoven from high quality wool by the Beni Ouarain tribespeople, it’s one of many different types of rug that have been made by Moroccan craftspeople since the Paleolithic era.
How is it different from other Moroccan rugs?
Beni Ouarain rugs are more minimalist than most: they are usually cream or white with diamond or triangle patterns in black.
Does that mean they work well in modern homes?
Yes – these rugs were very popular with Modernist designers and architects such as Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto, because they make such a great foil for contemporary furniture.
What sizes and shapes do they come in?
They’re tailored to Berber homes, which tend to be long and skinny, so it can be difficult to get the right fit for British spaces (unless you’re shopping for a hallway). Luckily, specialist supplier Beldi Rugs offers a made-to-measure service, so you can specify the size of rug you want and have it handmade by a Berber women’s cooperative in the Atlas Mountains.
Does that mean I can create my own pattern?
Yes, although the palette will always be the same as the traditional rugs: cream or white with black or brown lines ( beldirugs.com).