Nature-made elements and natural materials are becoming the common style choice in modern interior design. People are falling in love with the mix of a rustic look with everyday living. Natural material rugs perfectly fit into this trend, creating a casual and airy feeling to any room, while being environmentally conscious. Among the most popular choices, traditional Moroccan Berber and Beni Ourain rugs come out near the top because of its many redeeming qualities.
Owning a Berber rug or a Beni Ourain rug means that you own an exclusive piece of art. No two rugs are alike because they are handwoven by the Berber Tribes of Morocco. Many of these rugs are crafted by the Beni Ourain people who live deep in the Atlas Mountains. The Ben Ourain Tribes are known for their rugs, particularly as most live as shepherds. Their special weaving techniques are passed down the generations from the mothers to the daughters. These rugs are made from a high quality wool from the native sheep. Therefore a Berber rug or a Beni Ourain rug is exceptionally comfortable, durable, and often becomes an heirloom for most families.
Often styled with minimalistic and geometric patterns, Berber and Beni Ourain rugs stylistically fit into both a traditional or modern room. Typically woven in white or ivory, with abstract patterns in a deep brown or black hue, these rugs are infused with symbolisms from the lives of their creators. Designs include diamonds, zigzag lines, and even parts of the ancient Berber alphabet. Throughout history, these rugs have been used as blankets, sleeping mats, saddle blankets, or bedspreads. This functionality and versatility continues today as Berber and Beni Ourain rugs become a warm addition to many living rooms and bedrooms.
Berber and Beni Ourain rugs are sturdy, but made with delicate fibers. Regularly shaking these rugs outdoors help keep the fibers free of dirt. Cleaning chemicals may deteriorate the beautiful natural fibers, therefore using the services of professional and reputable rug cleaners can help maintain these rugs’ quality for decades. Not only are these rugs made from 100% organic sheep wool, they are also free of manufactured dyes. Stains should be removed by blotting with a clean paper towel, to keep the rug from soaking in soils. Many people have described their rugs as soft and supple.
Berber and Beni Ourain rugs are beautiful, timeless, and distinct. With their minimal use of color, they provide a gentle backdrop to bold furnishings or as a complement to delicate decor. With both a functional and a decorative purpose, these rugs easily resonate with different people. Since the mid-twentieth century, when these rugs began to command European and Northern American interest, people worldwide have begun to discover and share their love for these simple, unique, and naturally made rugs.