Friday, March 11

Oh Beni You're So Fine

Do you ever feel like everyone else has the one thing you really want and don't have? I feel like that about a Beni Ourain rug. I know that's incredibly shallow, spoilt even, but lovely things make me happy, and that can't be so bad, surely? And I've wanted one for such a long long time.

I hadn't been a massive fan of these rugs until a few years ago when I was doing some research for someone who was overseeing the major refurbishment of a big name photographers London home. She asked me to research vintage Beni Ourain rugs (I had to compile masses of inspiration images for various things from rugs to mirrors and everything in-between. Yeah, it was a pretty tough job.) and they just got under my skin, and that was it. I've tried to ignore it ever since, but IT JUST WON'T GO AWAY, and lately the urge has come back with a vengeance.

I've stalked them on eBay, and considered every single one I've seen from online and High Street stores, from as low as a hundred for a cheap knock-off, to a few hundred for nice Beni tributes, a few hundred more for an authentic new piece, and as high as a few thousand for a swoony vintage one. Sometimes it's fun to consider a rug that costs a few grand even if you know it's not actually going to happen - it's a bit like adding everything you fancy to your virtual shopping cart, knowing you have no intention or means of actually checking it out. Good for the soul and a bit therapeutic. Oh. Just me?

I had really wanted one in the living room, but I knew that economic reasons aside, it would get completely trashed in our house, so I gave up on that idea, but not the idea of having one somewhere in the house. I now think a big Beni (see what I did there?) would be utterly perfect in the bedroom or my studio. Or both. Oh yes, I would.

Sadly it's just not on the cards right now - there are too many other things that are WAY further up the list than a rug for the foreseeable future, so please allow me to do a little day-dreaming here today instead okay?

Because I need to get it off my chest, and you've probably already got one.

These are my current faves ranging in price from £85 to £720. See? I'm not so fussy, it doesn't have to be vintage...

Beni Ourain Rugs - French For Pineapple Blog














1. Plantation Rug Company - Benni
2. Maroc Tribal - Berber Carpet
3. West Elm - Souk Rug
4. Wayfair - Nomadic Area Rug
5. City Cows - Moroccan Berber Rug
6. Trend Carpet - Moroccan Berber Rug
7. Benuta - Beige Berber Rug
8. Benuta - Shaggy Ethnic Rug

Some of these rugs are on sale at time of publishing, so you could bag yourself a total bargain if you're in the market.

Have a great weekend!


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