Beni Ourain and Berber rugs are some of the most unique in the world. They are handmade from Berbers and Moroccans in the Beni Ourain tribe from mountainous regions of North Africa. These rugs are made with wool from sheep that are found in the Atlas Mountains of this area of the world. Because these rugs are made from materials that are completely organic, these rugs do not pose a problem for people who may suffer from allergies to volatile organic compounds, and with their natural dyes they are generally much better for the environment than other carpets made from synthetic materials.
These rugs also have a signature look. They frequently feature minimalist patterns and tribal designs, or a combination of the two. The simple color schemes with neutral tones like ivory make Beni Ourain and Berber rugs ideal for any number of color schemes in your home or apartment. The designs of a Moroccan Beni Ourain rug also make one of these items a great addition to any home no matter the aesthetic, whether rustic or modern.
Beni rugs have several uses, as well. As they are made from natural wool, they are very comfortable to sit on and can function as decorative throw items on recliners and sofas. As hanging items, they can add an exotic touch to a room’s overall décor. In the winter, a Moroccan Beni Ourain rug can also provide added warmth and insulation to a room if hung on the wall.
Beni Ourain and Berber rugs have a long history in the rural parts of North Africa. These rugs can be woven to accommodate the diverse climate of Morocco. They can be woven very thick, for instance, to provide warmth in the snowy mountainous regions, or can be woven more lightly, which is more appropriate for the hotter, more arid desert regions. The tribal people from whom these rugs originate historically have used them as coverings for saddles to make riding long distances more comfortable, to cover bodies during burial, and as festive clothing. They also have a history of sleeping on them. These items were placed on beds for greater warmth and comfort.
Beni rugs first became popular among Western designers in the middle of the twentieth century due to their minimalist looks, which paired beautifully with modern furniture. At the present time Beni rugs have seen a resurgence in popularity, as they are authentic handmade items that offer a one-of-a-kind look that can make any room in the home more interesting. In addition to being functional and good for the environment due to their non-toxic materials, they can bring real personality to a bland room or a run-of-the-mill piece of furniture.