want: beni ouarain rugs

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vintage

This is something that I will not have any time soon, but I really, really want one. I think about them constantly and I seem to have some sort of want-the-one- you-can't-have rug crush. Sad, but true. I love these rugs for some inexplicable reason. Maybe it really is just that I know I can't have one. There is no way something filled with so much light open space would last in a house where people think that eating while sitting is just not done, where if someone hands you an ice pop, you're just not eating it right unless it's drip, drip, dripping throughout the entire house, where chocolate really only tastes good if half of it is spread somewhere well beyond your mouth. This is that place. Until we have moved into a more refined state, I will have to longingly lust after one of these rugs.  I love how imperfectly perfect they are. 

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West elm currently has a nice selection of beni ouarain inspired rugs. The Nural's darker color scheme lends itself to a bit more practicality & the Kasbah,  Riad and Souk offer that same great sparse, imperfect, geometric style found in traditional Moroccan Beni Ouarains. 

I'm thinking a Boucheroite, Middle Atlas or Boujad might just be a good compromise. A similar imperfect, vintage yet modern feel, but lots of color which 1) makes me happy  2) is more compatible with messy little (and big) imperfect people.  We actually have a small one that I bought when baby 1 was first born for his playspace, but I'd love a vast expanse of one in the living room or maybe the dining room or maybe both. Here's a glimpse of what I have in mind, borrowed from one of my favorite sites, Style by Emily Henderson, from her Cup of Jo makeover. And then a few sample I've pulled together. Love them all.

Vintage Moroccan Boujad

Vintage Moroccan Boujad

Vintage MIDDLE ATLAS

Vintage MIDDLE ATLAS

Vintage Middle Atlas

Vintage Middle Atlas