The Beni Ourain Rug

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The Beni Ourain Rug

In the Atlas mountains south-east of Fes in Morocco, you will find a large group of tribes which are called the Beni Ourain. The people who live here are the weavers of a certain type of Berber carpets, which are called the Beni Ourain Rugs.

These hand-knotted rugs are generally quite big. They are made of 100% natural organic sheep wool and are 100% undyed. In this way, you will only find the color white/creamy and black/brown in these rugs. The rug is made of the coat of a special sheep that is only to be found in the exact region of the Beni Ourain tribes. This makes the rugs plushy and soft for the feet.

The pattern on the rugs can differ a little. It features geometric designs like triangles or diamonds figures. These patterns are displayed in brown/black on a white or creamy background. The design of the rug usually has a meaning as women usually make them, they try to infuse elements of their lives in there. You will find designs about fertility, nature or birth for example.

The Beni Ourain rug is a very simplistic and modern rug. As was said, it features minimalistic shapes, which gives it a very serene look and feel. In this way, it is perfect for any home living decor. And always remember that the rug has a very old and fascinating history, so by using it in your home, you will be able to connect something very old with a more modern-day interior.

Washing instructions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wVbkke0wXg

As was said before, the rugs are mostly white. In this way, it is nice to know how to clean it. There are three things you could to clean your carpet. And also you should take in mind, that you should NEVER use strong chemicals like bleach as it might damage the natural materials. Lastly never use hot water, because the color of the wool may fade a little.

  1. To get rid of dirt and dust, you should shake it out or vacuum clean it (very gently, because otherwise you shred or tear it).
  2. If you spill something on the rug, immediately clean it with baking soda to prevent it becoming a stain. If it did become a stain you should try to mix water with vinegar.
  3. If you want to efficiently clean your rug and it is not too big, you can do it yourself in a bathtub. If it is too big you should call a special carpet cleaner.

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  • Abdelghani Hammoud
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