ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART II
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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28. 
a berber carpet
beni ouarain tribe
middle atlas
morocco
circa 1930
370 x 195 cm (12'2" x 6'5")


Notes: berber knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
The carpets of the Beni Ouarain tribal confederacy differ from other Berber weavings in that they are woven exclusively with an ivory background and decorated with abstract geometric motifs of undyed natural wool. The high quality of the materials used, the absolute spontaneity of the designs together with its strong ethnic-minimal feel, all contribute to place these carpets at the forefront of contemporary interior design. A warm and atmospheric carpet, it is one of the most refined expressions of the little known tribal textile art of Morocco.
Bibliography: G. Blazek, 'White Giants - Carpets of the Beni Ouarain and related Moroccan Nomadic Tribes', Hali, no. 94 (London, September 1997): 68-74.

 



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