Tribal North African Flat Woven Vintage Moroccan Kilim Area Rug, Country Of Origin: Morocco, Mid 20th Century
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This gorgeous mid-20th century Moroccan kilim has a tribal pattern that could easily be a piece of modern abstract art. Although these pieces are classic elements found in mid century modern design and décor, they are not the work of modern abstract artists. These kilim rugs were made by the Beni Ourain tribes of the Atlas Mountains and are part of a tradition that goes back thousands of years.
The Beni Ourain is a confederation of 17 tribes that inhabit the Atlas Mountain range. They all have unique tribal traditions and create rugs that are recognizably connected to a particular tribe and place. The symbols on the rugs are a form of primitive language that is used to convey a meaning that can be understood by others in the tribe. Many of these symbols seem to be found in different tribes throughout the region. In addition, some of them can be found in paleolithic art in the area that dates back to 10-30,000 years ago.
These magnificent Moroccan rugs are the artistic creation of the women of the tribe. They often tell stories of the women or people of the tribe. Straight lines and angular figures represent men curvy figures represent women. When the pattern abruptly changes, it often represents an important life event that changed the life of the weaver or tribe. This can be a birth, death, or another similar event. It might be noted that male representations are often found on the outside of the rugs protecting the women.
It is no mystery that midcentury interior designers became fascinated by these beautiful creations. They are also perfect for contemporary styles of today. This vintage rug would be the perfect addition to a Swedish modern or ultra-modern design and naturally it would work seamlessly in a Moroccan inspired interior design. It would make a beautiful addition to a kitchen, all-seasons room, or living room. The organic design of the flat weave area rug is an inspiration for a room that brings in natural elements and that has a primitive feel.
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