It's Erika from small shop again, and today I'd like to talk about this HUGE Moroccan rug trend we've been experiencing! I certainly love mine (above!), and I'm thrilled to see its popularity steadily growing. You've probably read that these lush criss-cross black/ivory berber rugs are hand-woven by the Beni Ourain tribe in the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco. But you probably didn't know that historically, the Beni Ourain didn't actually use them as rugs — instead, as bedding! Fun fact.
The classic beni ourain rug is pile woven of natural wool with a black diamond pattern, typically borderless. You'll often find that the weave is asymmetrical and broken. They can run anywhere from $500-$5000, but luckily, there are a lot of great "inspired-by" options out there from our favorite retailers.
Jenna Lyons via Vogue UK
Tom Delavan in Trad Home
*My source is Maryam Montague, who lives in Morocco and is featured in this month's Elle Decor. It was an easy buying process - just pick out which you'd like from her flickr page, inquire about pricing and shipping (I found it much cheaper than other options), and in 4-6 weeks, you'll have your very own! Another great source for an authentic vintage piece: West Elm's The Found Shop. Keep a lookout!
I don't know about you, but I can't get enough of them. Whether vintage or inspired, they seem to make any style of decor cozier and globally chic. Will you give in too?
As always, view more photos on my "Design Under the Influence" Pinterest board!