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Vibe Compass Beni-Ourain Rug

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  • Provenance: Morocco, 21st Century
  • Materiality: 100% Wool
  • Dimensions: 71" x 43" x 1"
  • Heirloom: Due to this item's handcrafted or reclaimed nature, there may be slight variations or imperfect qualities that give character to this one of a kind heirloom
  • Timeless Aesthetic: This item is ageless in aesthetic, avoiding obsolescence, limited use, or an otherwise shortened lifespan due to changing styles and trends

What Have We Here ?

Since the Paleolithic Era, Indigenous people of now Morocco have woven their iconic and globally-revered textiles and carpets. Moroccan rugs have withstood the test of time not only because of their durability and generations-strong craftsmanship, but also due to their vibrant and timeless iconographic motifs.

 

Each rug tells a story and serves as a time capsule for previous generations: their lore, their myths, their legends. Berber weavers of the past would often write their family’s or community's history into the wool, using symbolic glyphs and geometry, as at one point no standardized language existed for these ancient and remote tribes of the Sahara and northern Africa. It’s even believed that some Berber rug designs repeat early forms of cave paintings found in the area from epochs ago.

 

Like all art, Moroccan and Berber rugs are an act of personal expression, ranging from iconic and geometric, to more subtle patterns with calming blends of soft colors. Originally intended for spaces of high luxury or worship, like temples, palaces, and other sacred locales, international collectors are now able to celebrate the history and painstaking craftsmanship of these utilitarian artforms in their own homes.

How to Use It ?

The beauty of Moroccan textiles is that they could serve several purposes across their lifespan, from the quotidien as a rug for your day-to-day needs, or the more sacred and hung as a tapestry or work of textile art. We recommend paying attention to the motifs and colorscapes that were chosen with intention by the weaver and visualizing where such a piece would be best suited in your own home. If the choices are abundant, we recommend unfurling this work in the heart of your space, far from the dirt and chaos of the outside world.

Why It Matters ?

The Anou Cooperative, which employs the women artisans who create these magnificent textiles, has made a concerted effort to reduce water waste by as much as 25% during the dying process. In addition, the cooperative has started to incorporate solar energy into their daily operations in order to lessen their collective carbon output.