Kurdish, c. 1900

Beneath this small enigmatic Kurdish fragment’s abstraction of design, are fascinating references to 18th century Caucasian dragon carpets. Note the sinuous raisen colored “S” form in this piece’s center. It bears a direct resemblance to the abstract dragon designs that were drawn in the later 18th century Caucasian dragon carpets. At the fragment’s top there is a light blue zoomorphic design, highly abstractly rendered, which depicts a side view of another dragon design. This fantastic creature displays a dragon with bifurcated horns and sinuous body. Particularly intriguing is the small red and gold square on the light blue field.

The colors in this piece are pure and outrageously beautiful. I decided to forego the use of the box’s glass cover in order to give the viewer a more intimate and immediate connection to this piece’s colors and wool.


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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.