Kurdish Village Weaving, c. 1900

This charming fragment is from the main border of a 19th century Kurdish weaving. One can see in its two borders, design references to trees and a village orchard. The colors used in this piece have beautiful saturation and purity. Its use of green is adroitly handled. Green is a difficult and expensive color to make from vegetable dye sources and is rarely used. Note the raisin aubergine color used in the drawing of the trunks of several trees. Aubergine is another color that is difficult to make and is usually seen only in older pieces. The entire palette of this fragment is a tribute to the skill and artistry of the women who cooked up these dyes. This piece is simply a joy to view.


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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.