Moroccan Fragment, c. 1930

Rough with a long shaggy pile and loud uninhibited color, this extraordinary fragment is about the relationship of wool with color. Its wool, coarsely hand spun and long fibered, stands on its own in describing this fragment’s aesthetic. Unsheared and shaggy, the pile shapes awkward and fuzzy designs which literally collide with each other.

Defiantly colorful, the fragment’s weaver skillfully orchestrates a myriad of colors into a statement that demands our attention. It is a risky business juggling these vegetable dye colors and fixing them to untreated wool. She is courageously successful and offers us an art object worthy of our sustained attention.


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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.