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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).

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