Moroccan Beni Ourain Rugs

Moroccan Beni Ourain Rugs

Catrin Morris
Nov 3, 2011

While the name may be unknown to you, Beni Ourain rugs have been cropping up everywhere in shelter magazines and hip homes lately. With their simple geometric patterns, Beni Ourain rugs are suitable for any kind of decor, from traditional to modern. While the rugs shown in these sumptuous rooms work beautifully, how would they look in a real home?

Hand woven by people of the Beni Ourain tribe and other neighboring tribes in the mountains of Morocco, these wool rugs typically feature a black diamond pattern woven into a cream foreground. My main concern (apart from the cost) is that the dusty beige/off-white colors may end up just looking slightly grubby and bland. Perhaps the key is to balance the rugs with rich, inky colors elsewhere in the room?

What do you think of these rugs? Yea or nay?


1. Living Etc via So Haute

2. Trad Home via So Haute

3. Elle Decor.

4. My Marrakesh

5. My Marrakesh

For more information see Berber Arts.

For a fun Beni Ourain DIY, visit Re-Nest.

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