The woven wool rugs of Morocco known as ‘Beni Ourain rugs’ have become highly popular in recent decades for their distinctive black and white patterns and architectural designs. These unique and classic rugs originate from the High Atlas mountain village of Beni Ourain where local Berber women first began weaving them nearly two centuries ago using traditional techniques passed down through generations.
Beni Ourain rugs were initially created for the Moroccan market as prayer rugs and floor coverings for local homes. However, European colonial presence in Morocco beginning in the 1900s exposed these rugs to the global market and collectors began importing them in large numbers. Beni Ourain rugs quickly gained a reputation for their high-quality wool, saturated colors, and stunning geometric motifs. They soon became sought after by interior designers and those looking to enhance their home decor with Moroccan style.
The signature Beni Ourain style features bold patterns predominantly in black and white formed by geometric lines, squares, and rectangles of varying sizes. These sharply defined black outlines on a white background then give way to solid black areas creating eye-catching optical illusions, tessellations, and spatial manipulations within the rug design. Common motifs include diamonds, swastikas, trees of life, and snake patterns often representing blessings, protection, and prosperity in Berber culture.
For those looking to add a stylish yet functional touch of Moroccan style, an 8×10 Beni Ourain runner rug is a perfect option. Its classic black and white color palette allows it to pair with any design aesthetic while its compact size makes it ideal for placing in high-traffic areas like hallways and stair landings. An 8×10 foot Beni Ourain rug will infuse your space with timeless patterns, architectural forms, and the centuries-old craftsmanship and traditions of its Berber weavers in the High Atlas.