Beni Ourain Rugs

I’m currently on a serious mission to find a large, traditional Beni Ourain rug for our living room. These incredibly plush rugs, made by the Beni Ourain tribe and other neighboring tribes in the mountains of Morocco, typically feature a black diamond pattern and are woven into a cream foreground. An authentic piece can be quite costly but alas, my search carries on and my collection of inspiration photos continues to grow . . .

(images via Elle Decor, Traditional HomeBrick House, CocoCozy, and here)

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  1. My all time favourite thing, is hardwood floors with beautiful patterned rugs.

    Two years ago, my husband and I went to a huge store where they sold Indian, Pakistani, Iranian and Turkish rugs. We bought two rugs, which should have cost about $2500, but since I am shrewd hagglers, I managed to get both rugs for $850!!! So basically, if you need a haggling rug hook up, I’m your girl. 😉

    xoxo
    http://www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  2. sofia wrote:

    wonderful rugs!
    more inspiring moroccan interiors here http://www.darandbeida.blogspot.com
    s

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  3. Nomadic D wrote:

    Gorgeous! My mother is a collector of kilims, so I’ve grown up surrounded by an amazing array of beautiful rugs, but none of them are plush, so something like this, still very earthy and grounded but that makes you want to bury your bare toes in the pile really calls out to me! let us know if you figure out where to get them (for less than a first-born child)

    http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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  4. Rani.C wrote:

    Hi lovely ladies…….came across your post on twitter & wanted to let you know about my heavenly friend Danielle, who lives in Morocco, runs a guest house & collects with passion the most impressive, Moroccan wedding blankets & beni Ourains you’ll ever see. Look no further than beyondmarrakech.blogspot.com. She has a Wonderland of wool & cotton to choose from. I’m still saving for a sparkly stunner to grace my Palace in Oz. Sighhhh!!
    Take care & keep on WTF’ing.
    Hope you find your dream weave.
    Rani.C

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  5. Xeana wrote:

    Stunning a selection of photos. Very stylish are interiors! As we would like to live in one of these!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

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  6. Stacy wrote:

    I love the interior in ethnic style. Cool images!

    Stacy from http://www.stacyco.blogspot.com

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  7. style-xyz wrote:
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  8. Ambyr wrote:

    I’m usually not fond of rugs for whatever reason. I see them in a store and don’t envision them in my house. But then I go to someone’s house and see a rug with their stuff and love it. I reeeeally love the diamond print in these. Now I need a rug.

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

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  9. Kecia wrote:

    Lusting for one as well! Great photos!

    xx
    Kecia

    http://www.couturezooblog.com/

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  10. Lisa wrote:

    ohhh that does seem like a hefty purchase, but worthwhile if taken care of. i’ve had great luck at ABC Carpet remnant room
    in dramatic fashion

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  11. Alyssa wrote:

    I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award! http://mookology.com/2012/04/02/the-sunshine-blog-award/

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  12. Shanna wrote:

    I’m actually trying to source a couch similar to the grey tufted leather in your first inspiration photo. Any ideas or suggestions for me? I keep seeing pics of my dream couch but am yet to find an actually provider.
    Any recommendations I will take ’em.

    Thanks in advance!

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  13. Alison wrote:

    Wow, these are so gorgeous. I’ve been looking for the perfect rug for a while and unfortunately I think I won’t want any other one than this! I’m about to look them up and don’t think that I’ll be too happy about the price…

    http://www.stylingmylife.com

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  14. Julie Khuu wrote:

    Oh honey I’m with ya! Totally scoured ebay for the last two weeks and the cheapest one was like 3gs! EGads! I’m not eating for a few weeks just to afford this beauty…great compilation!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture.com

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  15. AnitaLM wrote:

    amazing! Im looking for nice hadcraft cushions… though it’s not being easy… great post, lot of inspiration!

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  16. sacha wrote:

    oooh i love learning about new exotic rugs!

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  17. Janet wrote:

    So gorgeous! Maybe DIY one for now until you can get the real thing? 🙂

    With hearts,
    Janet
    http://missrockcouture.blogspot.com

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  18. these are stunning! great inspo for my apt in a few weeks! : )

    http://www.dragonnfruit.com

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  19. Kia wrote:

    I love them too. You can get the real deal on etsy. Just look under vintage and type in Morroccan…..costly though but beautiful.

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  20. Cool place, would love to spent a week in there 😉

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  21. Great post…The tribal graphics of Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs and Berber pillows pair well with contemporary or traditional designs. Our Beni Ourain shags have a simple harlequin pattern, a 1960s vibe and a price that’s half the cost in major rug dealers.

    Please check our Beni Ourain Collection at http://themoroccanroom.com/index.asp?pg=all

    Feel free to contact us:
    info@themoroccanroom.com
    (646) 369-8480

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  22. I’m going to be posting a bunch of options on La Dolce Vita tomorrow. I have one that I love, from Morocco. I have a great source! Email me.

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  23. I don’t usually comment on posts, but I found myself reading this and also saw a run in the West Elm catalog yesterday that I was admiring and they look very similar. The look actually made me envision it in my house the feeling for it was so strong. Nice to know that there’s an original source to this “look”. Thanks! Here’s the link: http://www.westelm.com/products/souk-rug-b865/?pkey=cpattern-rugs-flooring. if that doesn’t work, it’s called the Souk Rug.

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  24. steen wrote:

    west elm not only has the Souk rug which is very similar, but they also carry one-of-a-kind moroccan rugs….as well as moroccan wedding blankets.

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  25. Risa wrote:

    http://www.upstairsatpierrelafond.com/index.html

    I used to work here. They have TONS of Beni Rugs, ranging from $2,000-$5,000…Call or e-mail & they can send you pics/prices/measurments!

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  26. Zan wrote:

    I love your collection of photos! These rugs are so beautiful. My sister was in Marrakesh a few years ago and brought home a vintage antique rug almost identical to one of your photos (the 7th photo down on the left hand side). She bought it straight from the Berber Tribe representative in a private sale. I was online tonight because she called me and asked me to help her sell it because she needs to pay off some medical bills. It’s a beautiful 7×5 rug. Perhaps I can help you fulfill your serious mission to find one. 🙂 What’s your budget?

    You can email me at zaranwrap@gmail.com or call/text (801) 645-4077

    Thanks!

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  27. comforters wrote:

    Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell
    and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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  28. estienne wrote:

    I am leaving in Marrakech and the most serious sourcer, seller and exporter of Beni Ouarain rugs is
    jean yves SEVESTRE
    his website is : http://www.beniouarain.com

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  29. kim wrote:

    Hi there

    did you find THE rug? I’m looking and wanted to see if you can recommend a link or vendor if you settled on one
    Thank you millions

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  30. Hi ,
    yes , these beautiful Beni ourain rugs are hot items and are gaining a growing popularity among interior designers and savvy home owners

    you can find some of these gorgeous Beni Ourain rugs with affordable cost here :

    http://moroccan-rug-and-decor.com/moroccan-rugs-and-kilims/beni-ourain-rugs.html

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  31. Marlene wrote:

    gorgeous pics! I fell in love with the textiles & rugs of Morocco. Actually started to import & distribute them. Have some stunning Beni’s available online at: http://www.shopmadeandfound.com
    Prices listed are suggested retail but we offer wholesale prices (50% of list) to the trade and even private clients.

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  33. Aelfie wrote:

    I have some, if you’re still in the market 🙂

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  39. Dan wrote:

    Hi Erica!

    Yes, authentic Beni Ourain pieces are difficult to find and quite expensive once you find them. If they’re affordable, they’re most likely made in India — just about as far away from the rug’s Moroccan origin as you can get. The challenge of why many Beni Ourain carpets are so expensive is that the network of middlemen that deal them is just as complicated as many of the ancient medina’s found throughout Morocco. Each link in the network of middlemen adds more costs to the rug while hardly any of the final selling price stays with the artisans that made it (try 4% of the final selling price.

    If you want to find Ben Ourain style rugs and purchase them directly from the artisans themselves, I would suggest going to http://www.theanou.com. Anou is an online platform designed so illiterate artisans in Morocco can sell their work independently online. It was started by Peace Corps Volunteers and the platform is now managed by the Moroccan artisans that use it. Meaning, you can finally purchase a Beni Ourain from the tribe that made it all while knowing your money is going to into the hands of the person who made it.

    I hope this helps you on your quest to find that Beni Ourain rug.

    Dan

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  41. Decor Daydreamer wrote:

    Urban Outfitters has a version of the rug which is much more affordable, for those that are interested: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=30247167&parentid=A_FURN_RUGS&color=020

    I hear that it sheds quite a bit, though. Not sure if that’s true of traditional Beni Ourain rugs.

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  47. stephanie rudloe wrote:

    This is beautiful collection of Beni Ourain inspiration images!
    Imports from Marrakesh has a carefully curated affordable collection of new and vintage Beni Ourain carpets.
    And they are all 30% off this month { find the lucky breaks discount code in the April 2014 issue of LUCKY!}
    We also have a new collection arriving in beginning of May:
    http://www.importsfrommarrakeshshop.com/beni-ourain/

    and here’s our inspiration board:
    http://www.pinterest.com/marrakeshdesign/beni-ourain-carpets/

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  48. Hilana wrote:

    Hi, we have a wonderful selection of authentic Berber rugs at out shop in Essaouira. We are in the process of addin online sales so please check out our brand new website (www.bazarmehdi.com) and get in touch for more details!

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  55. Awesome selection and presentation of these beautiful beni ourain rugs

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  56. Lila wrote:

    Great post , also you can find at http://www.morocco-crafts.com, a made to order services , to create your one special rug as you wish , it was a good experience for me with them .

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  57. Barbara M Phillips wrote:

    This is so inspirational. The many ways we can decorate with Beni Ourain carpets never ceases to amaze me. And handmade imported rugs from Morocco are even more adorable like from https://www.beniouaraincarpet.com.

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  58. Phillip wrote:

    these are so beautiful. i love them. i got mine from https://www.beniouaraincarpet.com/ and i couldn’t be happier.

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  59. What’s the buzz about these Moroccan rugs?

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  60. amine wrote:

    Need a different style or size? ask away our stock is full! Beni Ourain, Boucherouite, and other Moroccan vintage authentic rugs. Wholesale is available as well. Give us a call or send us a message, we’ll be happy to assist you find the rug that will suit best your home! https://www.beniouaraincarpet.com

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  61. moorish wrote:

    Great post, thanks for sharing

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  63. Tanana wrote:

    Great article, i’m glad i found your blog…though i bought my lovely rug from this people https://moroccanwoolrugs.com/

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  64. Revan wrote:

    Loved your post very much. Thank you for sharing

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    I am sure you will love our collection at : http://www.artisanbazzarts.com/

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  67. Jeane Smith wrote:

    There are no prices on these beautiful rugs. I would be interested in buying.

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