THIS RUG'S STORY:
Ragi is a vintage Beni Ourain rug with so much character! He's perfectly imperfect. I love how you can see the tribal symbols woven in between the diamond pattern. This rug was higher pile at one time, but has been worn down with decades of use. It was woven in the Middle Atlas mountain region in Morocco, where temperatures can change drastically. These pieces are significant to Berber culture as the higher pile kept members of the family warm. Traditionally these rugs were not used purely for decorative purposes, but more commonly as blankets or to sleep on!
Many times the thick plush Beni's are desired, but this one being a true older piece is something becoming harder and harder to find. I hand selected it while on my travels to Morocco back in the fall of 2018.
ABOUT MOROCCAN RUGS:
Each vintage Moroccan rug is hand woven and knotted by Berber women of the tribal region specified. This level of craftsmanship can take up to weeks or months to complete a single rug. Weaving techniques have been passed down through the generations. The patterns, designs, and colors in each rug vary with each rug, weaver, and tribe – so each piece is truly a unique work of art and 2 pieces will never be the same. Often these rugs have been handed down through the families who created them, and have been uncovered from the mountain and rural areas of Morocco.
COLORS/MATERIALS/CONDITION: cream with dark brown. Hand knotted wool. **please note: this rug is NOT white, but more of an aged off white background :). Also there is a small gray stain that was not able to come out during cleaning. The back also has some wear and stains that are not visible on the front.
ESTIMATED AGE: Vintage - approx. 50 years old (estimated from the 1960's)
SIZE: 71 x 120" (not including tassels)
PILE: Low due to wear & age.
PLEASE NOTE: Because this is a handmade item, there may be slight imperfections in weaving, pattern, or shape. Please note all vintage items have endured a previous life and so may have slight wear and repairs.