Kilim apron from a NW Persian tribal rug, c. 1900

Flat woven kilim aprons like the piece in this frame served as decoration at both ends of various tribal and village rugs. The simple beauty of this kilim end demonstrates the weaver’s desire to complete her rug in a meaningful way. It indicates her care and artistic commitment to her work.

The horizontal stripes here have a distinctive modern look. The use of the brown stripe gives the other stripes room and space to articulate their colors.


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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.