Latest Obsession - Moroccan Tribal Rugs

I am seeing these everywhere, and I love the look!

They are Beni Ouarain Tribal rugs.  Beni Ouarain (try saying that fast three times) is a confederation of several nomadic tribes in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco.


These rugs grew in popularity in the 20th Century when iconic designers like Le Corbusier began to include them in their designs.

They have recently had a resurgence and are popping up in some of the swankiest hotels and celebrity homes all over the world.
Jonathan Adler designing for the Parker in Palm Springs

The main reason I am obsessing over these - they blend wonderfully in both traditional and modern spaces.  
So, they are an easy way to update a space - you really can't go wrong with one of these.
No guessing, this rug work with your current furnishings.
Also, the sense of history they bring to a space (even if you didn't travel to get it), should not be underestimated.

I am not a fan of the "one stop shopping" for all things in a space (even when they are from a very high end store).

I much prefer pieces that have some history and a story.

  I love a room that looks as though it has evolved over time to its current look.  
The only downside to these rugs - the original vintage versions are over the top pricey.  If you are up for some research, there is a lot information available on these White Giants.
Here are some great places to start:
Shop Talk
 My Deco
Simply Smitten
The Brick House
Design Manifest (highlighting some affordable alternatives)

PS: If you live in the Birmingham area, here is a local source for these rugs - Paige Albright Orientals

9 comments:

  1. Love the look, it brings just the right amount of rustic chic into a room and seems to work in so many different style rooms. Fabulous examples!

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  2. What a beautiful post and I totally agree that they are so versatile for a variety of spaces, and yet add so much to a room...right up my alley!

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  3. Great post! I completely agree with you! I love them, They look like they would be soft under your feet. Design wise, they would add to any decor. I have had my eye on one at West Elm for out bedroom.

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  4. The one in the second picture is my favorite- just stunning! I'm a new follower btw...just stumbled across you from somewhere, and I really like your blog!

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  5. Mandi,

    Thank you for the lesson! I love visiting blogs where I learn something new.

    You have a great design eye! I look forward to following you.

    Happy weekend!

    ox, Mon

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  6. Mandi,

    Thank you for the lesson! I love visiting blogs where I learn something new.

    You have a great design eye! I look forward to following you.

    Happy weekend!

    ox, Mon

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  7. I love these....can you believe PB had a version a few years ago...a friend got one at the outlet for pennies and it looks fabulous!

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  8. I agree. These rugs are so beautiful and would look great in either modern or traditional settings. I've be en keeping an eye out of affordable options.

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  9. Mandi,

    These are gorgeous. I love the soft-looking ones. And that one black and white with the green furniture is inpiring! Thanks for sharing.

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Thank you for thoughts on my post! M.