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What's a Beni Ouaraine?

The Beni Ouaraine tribe is comprised of several ethnic groups. The tribe’s people historically hail from the remote areas of the the Atlas Mountains.

Beni Ouaraine rugs showcase an unaltered ancestral style dating back to the Paleolithic era. These pieces have long been beloved by renowned architects, designers, and artists. They are of no particular motif, pattern, but the embodiment of a weaver’s imagination and life experience. What distinguishes the Beni Ouaraine rug is its utility; it can be used as a rug, cloak, saddle blanket, bedcover, and sleeping pad.

They are tightly hand-knotted or looped. If knotted, they boast 12 to 15 knots per 10 sq. cm, sometimes up to 30! They are made from very fine all natural Atlas Mountain sheep wool. With winter temperatures dipping below zero, insulation and warmth are key to survival. During warmer summer months, they are flipped over exposing their flat foundation and thus trap less heat.

Looped Beni Ouaraines are really rare. Oum’s Nadira Collection features such pieces, gathered over several months while traveling hundreds of kilometers throughout Morocco visiting local and regional markets. The collection epitomizes beauty, featuring exceedingly rare rugs that are reborn with each new owner. Each is vintage ranging from 20 to over 40 years old.

The light-colored foundation of a new or vintage Beni Ouaraine sometimes bears a mélange of ivory hues. This manifestation of the wool shorn from several sheep renders a simultaneous modern and earthy aesthetic. Each and every Oum rug is authentic, one-of-a-kind, and of the highest quality. They are unique, just like you, and no two are alike. We hope an Oum rug finds its way into your home and heart.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any help in choosing your Oum Beni Ouaraine. 

 

Oh and here's a picture of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a World Heritage Site, near the Atlas Mountains where scenes of Gladiator and Games of Thrones were shot.

Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou near the Atlas Mountains where scenes of Gladiator and Games of Thrones were shot

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