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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A sophisticated vintage Beni Ourain Rug features lozenges with extended sides and diamonds in it. Artistically placed the patterns with an impressive color schemes like red taupe and...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A minimalist look of High Atlas Moroccan rug features clay lozenges with extended sides that has diamond pattern in an ivory field. Simple but very classy rug with vertically aligned...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Let you eyes smize with our Classic and timeless Beni Ourain Moroccan rug from Atlas collection. Diamonds are aligned in clay lozenges with extended sides and formed an impressive de...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This mysterious vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug vaguely scheme with the combinations of ocean blue and sands. Unequally dissemination of lozenges that turns to a beautiful abstract ...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain in the perfect ivory adorned with muted asymmetrical lines into a diamond lattice design. The rug's handwoven shag texture adds to the rug's overall ex...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A vintage Beni Ourain tribe Moroccan in ivory with black asymmetrical lines creating a repeating diamond pattern. This rug has a perfect handwoven shag texture and an overall unique ...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A Minimalist look of Beni Ourain Moroccan rug features clay lozenges with extended sides that has diamond pattern in an ivory field. Simple but very classy rug with calumny aligned d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
An interesting creation of Beni Ourain Moroccan rug that features the culture of Moroccan Tribes through ambiguous Berber motifs. Clay outlines and cream field are perfect for any sp...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain tribal rug with the perfect amount of shag. This rug's earth toned brown and neutral colors in addition to the rug's lively texture makes for the perfe...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A Minimalist look of Beni Ourain Moroccan rug features an ivory lozenges with extended sides that has diamond pattern in a clay field. Simple but very classy rug with columns aligned...
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Early 20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A charming antique Moroccan rug made by the Beni Ourain Tribe. This unique handwoven rug contains traditional diamond motifs latticed throughout the field with symbolic shapes outlin...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain in the perfect ivory adorned with blue asymmetrical lines. The rug's handwoven shag texture adds to the rug's overall excitement and makes for a perfec...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain in the perfect ivory adorned with rustic brown lines creating organic shapes. The rug's handwoven shag texture adds to the rug's overall excitement and...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A one of a kind vintage Beni Ourain tribe Moroccan. The handwoven wool pile is in the perfect natural ivory color with exciting asymmetrical lines creating tribal and symbolic design...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A beautiful vintage Moroccan from the Beni Ourain tribe. This charming handwoven wool piece has the perfect sandy ivory color and contains traditional diamond motifs latticed through...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A beautiful Beni Ourain tribal Moroccan rug that exudes sophistication and charm. A ivory pile weave adorned with taupe tribal elements makes for the perfect contemporary. This handw...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain in the perfect ivory adorned with softened indigo colored asymmetrical lines. The rug's handwoven shag texture adds to the rug's overall excitement and...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A beautiful Beni Ourain tribal Moroccan rug that exudes sophistication and charm. A ivory pile weave adorned with red and tan tribal designs makes for the perfect contemporary. This ...
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Vintage Beni Ourain Rug Hand Picked from Morocco
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This vintage Beni Ourain rug is personally selected in Morocco and has a soft ivory color due to the wool's natural color and are accompanied by dark grey stripes. The rugs are named...
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Vintage 1980s Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Beni Ourain Rug Hand Picked from Morocco
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This vintage Beni Ourain rug is personally selected in Morocco and has a soft ivory color due to the wool's natural color and are accompanied by dark grey stripes. The rugs are named...
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Vintage 1980s Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Beni Ourain Rug Hand Picked from Morocco
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This vintage Beni Ourain rug is carefully selected in Morocco and has a soft ivory color due to the wool's natural color and are accompanied by dark grey stripes. The rugs are named ...
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1990s Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A beautiful antique Moroccan rug made by the Beni Ourain tribe. This unique handwoven rug contains traditional diamond motifs latticed throughout the field. Beni Ourain tribal rugs a...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A trendy Vintage Beni Ourain Berber rug features the alternates of clay linear diamonds and patterns in an ivory marble field. Simple but very edgy that your room will look elegant. ...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A beautiful antique Moroccan rug made by the Beni Ourain Tribe. This unique handwoven rug contains traditional diamond line-work with symbolic motifs throughout including the rug's b...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain tribe Berber rug that features columns of stacked lozenges running along the center of the creamy plush field. This remarkable rug is bounded with side...
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Early 20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Emanating grace and charm, this inviting vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Berber rug provides an elegant design aesthetic and subtle color scheme. It features a pattern of fossil gray cr...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A chic vintage Moroccan Berber rug made by the Beni Ourain tribe. This rug's neutral shag color, tribal line-work and lively texture makes for the perfect contemporary piece. Beni Ou...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A charming antique Moroccan rug made by the Beni Ourain Tribe. This unique handwoven rug contains traditional diamond motifs latticed throughout the field with symbolic shapes outlin...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Sea green and yellow wool pile weave handwoven into a one of a kind Moroccan Beni Ourain tribe Berber rug. This piece contains traditional diamond motifs latticed throughout the fiel...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Ivory field with bilateral geometry and motifs in pale orange, mauve and tan. Also features areas of voided pile. Unique vintage Beni Ourain tribal rug from Morocco. Rug Number 27...
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Early 20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A captivating vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber rug that features a variety of elaborate ambiguous motifs all-over the cream field emanating it's tribal feel. Berber Moroccan...
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Early 20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Berber Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A charming antique Moroccan rug made by the Beni Ourain Tribe. This unique handwoven rug contains traditional line-work latticed throughout the field with symbolic imagery. Beni Oura...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug with Tribal Style, Beni Ourain Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
20737 vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug with tribal style, Beni Ourain rug. This hand-knotted wool vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug features a lozenge trellis pattern on a neutral bac...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Beni Ourain Rug with Mid-Century Modern Style, Berber Moroccan Rug
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20690, vintage Beni Ourain rug with Mid-Century Modern style, Berber Moroccan rug. Perfectly plush and saturated in good taste with rich abrash, this hand-knotted wool vintage Beni O...
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Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug with Tribal Style, Beni Ourain Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
20760, vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug with tribal style, Beni Ourain rug. This hand knotted wool vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug features a lozenge trellis pattern on a neutral ba...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug with Tribal Style, Beni Ourain Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
20745, vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug with tribal style, Beni Ourain rug. This hand-knotted wool vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug features a lozenge trellis pattern on a neutral ba...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug with Tribal Style, Beni Ourain Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
74460 Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug with Tribal Style, Beni Ourain Rug 06'01 x 10'00. This hand-knotted wool vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug features a lozenge trellis pattern on...
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Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug, Country of Origin: Morocco, circa mid-20th century. Size: 6 ft 2 in x 12 ft 3 in (1.88 m x 3.73 m) This is a quintessential vintage Moroccan Beni...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain rug with hand knotted fringes. Beige filed with tribal pattern in shades of green, yellow, red, orange and black. Size: 76" W x 108" L Fringes are 1.5...
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Early 20th Century Moroccan Moorish Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Vintage Moroccan Berber rug, known as Beni Ourain or Beni Ouarain. Ivory and dark brown wool.
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W 59.85 in. L 107.49 in.
Vintage Beni Ourain Rug, Berber Moroccan Rug with Mid-Century Modern Style
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20893, vintage Beni Ourain rug, Berber Moroccan rug with Mid-Century Modern style. This hand knotted wool Beni Ourain Moroccan rug features a lozenge trellis pattern on a neutral bac...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Tribe Rug
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This stunning Beni Ourain rug features the beauty of the Moroccan cultures and traditions by adding a meticulous handcrafted symbols and motifs. A series of checkered patterns on the...
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Beautiful Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug
Located in Montecito, CA
Beautiful nomadic rug, likely made in the 1940s-1950s. White with earth tone geometric patterns and beautiful braided tassels.
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Vintage 1950s Moroccan and North African Rugs

Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very nice Beni Ourain rug with clean loop detail as opposed to shag. Clean braid fringe knotted seam on one side.
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Vintage 1970s Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Berber Tribal Rug
Located in New York, NY
Our vintage Moroccan rugs are part of a skillfully curated collection of rare and unusual designs. They are made of all-natural dyes and 100% handspun wool from the Atlas Mountain re...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Beni Ourain Berber Tribal Moroccan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Our vintage Moroccan rugs are part of a skillfully curated collection of rare and unusual designs. They are made of all-natural dyes and 100% handspun wool from the Atlas Mountain re...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Berber Tribal Rug
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in New York, NY
Vintage midcentury Moroccan Beni Ourain Berber tribal rug Our vintage Moroccan rugs are part of a skillfully curated collection of rare and unusual designs. They are made of all-nat...
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Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug with Tribal Style, Beni Ouarain Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
20852, vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug with tribal style, Beni Ouarain rug. This hand knotted wool vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain rug features an all-over diamond lattice pattern spr...
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Vintage Beni Ourain Berber Tribal Moroccan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Our vintage Moroccan rugs are part of a skillfully curated collection of rare and unusual designs. They are made of all-natural dyes and 100% handspun wool from the Atlas Mountain re...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Handwoven Berber Wool Rug, Vintage Beni Ourain
Located in Geneve, CH
Handwoven Berber wool rug Vintage Beni Ourain Measures: 280 X 190 cm / 110.2 X 74.8 in Antique rug Berber rug, Morocco Traditional Moroccan rugs are handwoven by the Berber T...
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Handwoven Berber Wool Rug, Vintage Beni Ourain
Located in Geneve, CH
Handwoven Berber wool rug Vintage Beni Ourain 280 X 170 cm / 110.2 X 66.9 in Antique rug Berber rug, Morocco Traditional Moroccan rugs are handwoven by the Berber Tribes, fro...
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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Berber Tribal Rug
Located in New York, NY
Our vintage Moroccan rugs are part of a skillfully curated collection of rare and unusual designs. They are made of all-natural dyes and 100% handspun wool from the Atlas Mountain re...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug, Berber Moroccan Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
20659 Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug, Berber Moroccan rug 04'02 x 08'04. This hand-knotted wool vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug features a lozenge trellis pattern on a neutral bac...
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Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug, Berber Moroccan Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
20655 Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug, Berber Moroccan rug 05'07 x 09'09. This hand-knotted wool vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug features a lozenge trellis pattern on a neutral bac...
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Vintage Zig Zag Beni Ourain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lovely pattern and line weaving on this vintage Beni Ourain rug. All natural, no dyes used and soft pile underfoot.
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W 148 in. L 72 in.
Vintage Moroccan Rug, Blue Indigo Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
20853, vintage Moroccan rug, Blue Indigo Moroccan Beni Ourain rug. This hand knotted wool vintage blue indigo Beni Ouarain Moroccan rug features an all-over diamond lattice pattern s...
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Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Carpet
Located in New York, NY
From the esteemed Beni Ouarain tribe in the Middle Atlas Mountains, the woolly ecru field supports a well-drawn thick mixed and abrashed darkest brown lozenge lattice, with hairline ...
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Vintage 1950s Moroccan Minimalist Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan Carpet
Located in New York, NY
Totally Classic Beni Ouarain work in its elongated format, restrained bi tonality featuring cream and dark brown, and in the well-drawn open lattice design. Hairline borders on the s...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Bohemian Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Boujad Berber Tribal Rug
By Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in New York, NY
Vintage midcentury Moroccan Beni Ourain Boujad Berber Tribal rug Our vintage Moroccan rugs are part of a skillfully curated collection of rare and unusual designs. They are made of ...
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Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

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Vintage Moroccan Beni-Ourain Boujad Berber Tribal Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage midcentury Moroccan Beni Ourain Boujad Berber Tribal rug Our vintage Moroccan rugs are part of a skillfully curated collection of rare and unusual designs. They are made of ...
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Vintage Beni Ourain Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic vintage beni ourain rug available at 1stDibs. A vintage beni ourain rug — often made from fabric and wool — can elevate any home. Find 100 options for an antique or vintage vintage beni ourain rug now, or shop our selection of 1 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect vintage beni ourain rug — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A vintage beni ourain rug is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern and Folk Art styles are sought with frequency. Mehraban Rugs and Berber Tribes of Morocco each produced at least one beautiful vintage beni ourain rug that is worth considering.

How Much is a Vintage Beni Ourain Rug?

Prices for a vintage beni ourain rug start at $1,159 and top out at $18,000 with the average selling for $5,200.

Finding the Right Rugs Carpets for You

Carpets and rugs have been around for thousands of years. Prehistoric humans turned to animal skin, wool and fur to craft simple fabrics to soften hard terrain. A 2016 study suggests that "cave lions" were hunted for exactly this purpose, and that decorating your cave with their pelts may have conferred strength and prestige. Although many of these early textiles are still in existence, tracing their precise origins is difficult. Carpets quickly became such a valuable trade commodity that the weavings could easily travel far from their places of origin. 

The oldest known carpet was found in southern Siberia. (It may have traveled there from Persepolis in Iran.) For the flat-weave floor rugs crafted by Native Americans, cotton was the primary material before sheep’s wool was introduced in the 16th century. In Europe, carpet-making was fundamental to folk art, and Asian carpets imported to European countries were at one time considered a precious luxury and not intended to remain permanently on the floor. 

In modern usage, “carpet” typically denotes a wall-to-wall floor cushioning that is fixed to the floor. Rugs, on the other hand, are designed to cover a specific area and can easily be moved to new locations. However, the terms are interchangeable in many parts of the world, and, in the end, it won’t matter what you decide to call it. Good vintage rugs have made their way into homes across the globe, becoming fixtures used for comfort, prayer and self-expression, so choosing the right area rug is officially a universal endeavor.

It’s well known that a timeless Persian rug, Moroccan berber rug (see our guide) or vintage Turkish rug can warm any interior, but if you’re looking for something unexpected, find a runner rug that pops in your hallway or on your stairs. Dig for dazzling geometric patterns in our inventory of mid-century modern rugs and carpets, which includes works designed by the likes of Swedish textile master Märta Måås-Fjetterström and other artisans. 

With the variety of area rugs and carpets rolled out for you on 1stDibs — a collection that includes traditional, modern, minimalist rugs and other coverings of all kinds — things will be looking up every time you’re looking down.