Chinese fragment, c. 1900

The density and thickness of wool in this fragment and its use of natural handspun undyed wool suggests either a Western Chinese or Mongolian origin. Aesthetically lean, simple and direct in both color and design, the fragment has an austere beauty. Its maze like reciprocal design refers to the idea of the endless repeat and an infinite world

16″x20″

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The Antique Rug Fragment as Serious Art

There are passages in all art that can exist independently as a meaningful aesthetic, functioning separately from the complete work they once belonged to. In these frames we see pieces from archaic rugs, fragments from their mother rug, which had over time been destroyed. Occasionally areas of these old surviving pieces can exist on their own, and still express spirituality, decoration, a sense of magic and what it means to live in a timeless culture. The events that have defined all human life are symbolically addressed here: giving birth, raising a family, tending to animals, accepting the inevitability of death and the absolute belief in the existence of an immutable godhead. These fragments express all that we look for in an art object: beauty, honesty and mastery of craft. These humble fragments establish a life of their own, one that takes us directly without distraction to the essence of rug art.