Trawling through the internet this morning to find a suitable image to illustrate the difference between ‘black’ and ‘brown’ designs on a Beni Ouarain rug. Unfortunately we don’t know the source of this beautiful photo, but you can clearly see that the classic lattice design on this lovely Beni rug is woven in brown wool. So what is the difference? and how can you know what you are buying? It is often very difficult to tell from photos whether a design is in fact brown or black. If you’re working with a neutral palette, either brown or black will probably work in a room, but we are often asked by clients specifically for a Beni rug with a ‘black’ design.
You can find vintage Beni rugs woven with either brown or black designs, but ‘black’ will often have faded down to a lovely charcoal grey over years of use and washing. However, it is worth noting that contemporary Beni Ouarain rugs woven with undyed wool are invariably woven with a brownish coloured wool, the reason for this is simply that wool from pure black sheep has become increasingly difficult to source. Therefore if you do find a modern Beni rug with a black design, you can probably assume that the wool has been dyed. This doesn’t detract from its beauty in any way of course! If you are looking specifically for a rug with a black design, we will do our best to find one for you, and this often involves getting some really good close up photos of the rug to double check the colour of the design. A custom made rug can, of course, be made in the colour of your choice
We will be back in Marrakech at the end of this month, spending time in the Souk des Tapis, living and breathing rugs for a while! If you know what you’re looking for, Marrakech is still a great place to source both vintage and contemporary Moroccan rugs. We are lucky enough to work in hand in hand with a very well established family business there who have a knowledge of the history of their rugs built up over generations of trading. We don’t claim to know absolutely everything about Moroccan rugs, it’s a continual learning curve for us, but what we don’t know they can certainly tell us! They have a very large stock available on the ground in Marrakech, which they source direct from the weavers. If there is anything special you are looking for, a particular size or style of rug, please let us know, we will always do our best to find your perfect rug. Our special relationship with our supplier means they will always be on the lookout for our clients’ requirements. We are also regularly updated and have first dibs on any new and interesting rugs in their collection. Their excellent weavers in the Atlas mountains also supply our beautiful custom made Beni Ouarain rugs. Please get in touch if you would like any more information on any of our stock either in the UK or Marrakech. We would love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
A sneak peak of some beautiful Vintage Kilim Boucherouite arriving this month to add to our collection…..
These colourful flatweaves are woven from pieces of recycled textiles, are light and durable, and perfect for throwing down on a wooden or stone floor to add warmth, texture and colour. Above is a lovely kilim abstractly decorated with tribal motifs including eight-pointed ‘Solomon’s star’ (female fertility) symbols.
Although you may find many similar kilims, no two are exactly alike. In contrast to the kilim in the first photo, the one above has an orderly vertical zig zag design with contrasting horizontal weaving at each end, and below a traditional lozenge design. Easy to clean, they are perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and children’s rooms. All three arriving later this month….we will keep you posted!