Life After Beni [The Coolest Abstract Geometric Rugs In Town]

I think it's fair to say that Beni Ourain and Moroccan Berber style rugs have been hogging the rug limelight for a few years now.

Although I still love a Beni, and would definitely still buy a real one if I ever make it to Morocco, the massive influx of faux-Beni’s (and yes, I do own one), has kind of taken away from my love of them. 

Like anything, overexposure is eventually a turn-off.

French For Pineapple Blog - Life After Beni - The Coolest Abstract Geometric Rugs In Town
Image: Floor Story

Two mysterious large yellow stains appeared on mine a few months ago, that turned out to be from an undisclosed noodle spillage by a certain young teenager. I couldn’t get the stains out for love nor money, and it looked really grotty, meaning that it got banished a while back. 

I was kind of over it anyway, and the fact that every man and his dog on Instagram had the same rug, meant that I wasn’t heartbroken. I doubt I'd have been quite so laid back about it, had it been a more expensive rug though!

French For Pineapple Blog - Life After Beni - The Coolest Abstract Geometric Rugs In Town
Image: West Elm

I have a beautiful pink silk rug from The Plantation Rug Company that had once been in the bedroom, and displaced with the arrival of carpet, which now graces the floor of the living room in wake of the ruined beni-style one. Needless to say, a no food in the living room rule has since been introduced. Yes, I've become that person.

However, it's a touch too small, which has got me on the look-out for an eventual replacement, so I've rounded up my absolute favourites of the moment. You may sense a theme here: geometric abstracts, in soft, mostly neutral tones are clearly my thing right now...

French For Pineapple Blog - Life After Beni - The Coolest Abstract Geometric Rugs In Town

French For Pineapple Blog - Life After Beni - The Coolest Abstract Geometric Rugs In Town
Image: Floor Story

I actually came across so many other beauties whilst researching this post that I may just have to another rug round up really soon. Watch this space!

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!

My Top Five Affordable Rug Resources

I think I might be a little obsessed with rugs. My idea of a great night in, is snuggling up on the sofa with The Rug Company catalogue. I know.

However, the term 'affordable' doesn't exactly fit with the name 'The Rug Company'. While I might drool over their beautiful rugs, owning one will remain a fantasy for the foreseeable future and not just for financial reasons - I don't want to have a mini heart attack every time someone walks on it with shoes on (we're not a no shoes kind of household), and let's just say my children have a fair way to go before I'd consider them posh-rug friendly. Baxter rides his scooter in the house, and Edie likes to put her rollerblades on inside too - and I'm not about to tell them otherwise. Maybe if we lived in a warmer climate the rules would be different.

So I wanted to share my best resources for affordable rugs. I'm in the market for a new one for our living room so I'd love you to tell me yours if you think I'm missing any great ones, especially if they come in large sizes, which is often not the case with cheaper rugs.

1. The Plantation Rug Company A great selection of designs at great prices, and lots in larger sizes. My current fave is this one...

Plantation Rug Company Velvet Underground Rug
Then again, I'm very fond of their Beni rugs too...

2. Joss & Main An ever-changing beautiful range at totally bargainatious prices. That really should be a word. But don't procrastinate like I do, because once they're gone, they're often gone for good. I am a bit in love with this Clo design. Maybe I should buy it.
 Joss & Main Clo Rug
Joss & Main Clo Rug
3. Tesco Yes really. Check this baby out. We know that Chevrons are O U T, but Herringbone? Yes please. More of the good stuff please Tesco. And bigger sizes. Rubbish image quality, sorry.
Tesco Herringbone Rug

4. Ebay Of course I have to include my beloved eBay here. I have never actually bought a rug on eBay (yet), but its a great source for vintage rugs, with a plethora of gorgeous overdyed ones to choose from. Like this...
Vintage overdyed rug Ebay

5. Etsy Strangely enough Etsy is also a really great rug resource. It's not somewhere I'd ever have thought to look, and I can't remember who told me about it, but thanks, whoever you are.
Overdyed vintage rug ArtcoreIstanbul on Etsy
Hmmm, are we sensing a theme? Remember to share your favourite affordable rug resources if you have any to add. I've whipped myself up into a rug shopping frenzy now, I know what I'll be doing for the rest of the afternoon...