How To Clean A Beni Ourain Rug

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Before we look at how to clean a Beni Ourain rug it will help to know the history and design of Beni Ourain carpets as it is quite an interesting topic.

A Beni Ourain rug is distinguished by its thick, luscious white wool and minimalist black lines, The Beni Ourain tribes, who were nomadic at the time, used these rugs to cover their floors. During the winter, they slept out in tents in the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, which are notoriously difficult to navigate. Wool rugs with deep piles were traditionally used as floor insulation, beds, and blankets to keep warm during the severe winters. That is why Beni Ourain carpets are so comfortable and thick. 

Walking on a Beni Ourain rug may be the most comfortable feeling on the planet. They are made entirely of natural, undyed sheep wool. They enhance the atmosphere of any area in the house by bringing warmth and a delightful sense of comfort.

How Can I Tell Whether My Rug Is Genuine And Handmade?

In a sad development regarding these particular Moroccan rugs, Turkish and Chinese producers are increasingly copying their designs and selling them at lower prices. 

Take a glance at the reverse side of the rug if you want to be certain that your rug is original and handcrafted. 

If it’s a genuine Beni Ourain, the knotting will be a little irregular. 

A knock-off would feature ultra-straight cuts and knots that could only be done by a machine.  This is proof that it is not a genuine handmade rug.

Many merchants may claim that your rug was truly produced by the original Beni Ourain tribe, which is not necessarily the truth.

While it is possible, it’s most likely not the case.

Because there is such a strong demand for these types of rugs these days, the majority of Beni Ourain style carpets are produced by organized women’s cooperatives. This is beneficial to the workers since it ensures that they are adequately compensated for their work and that they are working in safe settings at all times. Only a true specialist can tell the difference between a fake and an original Beni Ourain rug.

The most significant difference is that authentic Beni Ourain rugs are now called antique rugs and have a more vintage appearance than contemporary rugs.

Their hand feel is the softest, most sumptuous thick wool hand feel you have ever come across.  And walking on a Beni Ourain rug is the most comfortable feeling.

They typically have a medium to high pile, ranging from 1′′- 3′′ in height.

Instructions For Taking Care Of A Beni Ourain Rug:

Moroccan rugs are designed to be extremely durable and last for a lifetime.

Here are some guidelines for how to ensure that your rug is properly cared for.

For routine maintenance, you can vacuum your rug

To give it a fast refresh, use a plastic brush, such as a hand broom brush, to brush it. 

BBQ metal brushes are excellent for brushing wool rugs! 

Brushing a wool rug will remove any dirt that may have become lodged in the fibers and will also aid in the removal of excess wool buildup.

For best results, allow it to dry in the sun for a day to get rid of odors and humidity.

Make certain that it does not remain moist or humid. If you do decide to store it, it is best not to place it in a bag.

Does A Beni Ourain Rug Shed?

Under normal circumstances, they will not shed. They will, however, shed if you brush them, which is quite normal.

How To Clean A Beni Ourain Rug:

It is recommended that you have it cleaned by a professional rug cleaner for the best results.

You could clean a Beni Ourain rug using cold water and laundry soap to wash it by hand, and then rinse it with your garden hose, which should be running at a cool temperature. 

After that, let it dry completely in the sun, making sure it is no longer wet or humid, before putting it back on the floor. 

Excess wool can be removed by brushing it (with a plastic hand brush or a clean BBQ brush).

Should I Buy A Beni Ourain Rug If I Have Pets At Home?

A white rug is just that: a white rug… Your wonderful rug is definitely not the best choice for your home if your animals have black fur and lay on it (which I’m confident they will because it’s so warm!). 

For those who do not mind frequently maintaining and cleaning their wool furnishings, the good news is that stains may be removed with relative ease. Having it professionally cleaned will ensure that it is restored to its original condition.

If you also have a bearskin rug then read our article here on how to clean it.