North African, High Atlas Mountains, c. 1930

The Moroccan rugs of the Atlas Mountains form a category all their own. Their weaving techniques employ both symmetrical knots as well as flat woven warp wrapping. Goat hair is used to make the hand spun dark brown warps at each end of the fragment as well as the material for its wefts.

There is a certain magic about Moroccan rugs. Yellows, oranges, brown black, red create a joyful and primitive celebration of colors. Their rug’s designs contain a mysterious talismanic language evolved from sub-sahara tribes and individual tattoo body decoration. Moroccan rugs are fascinating in their technic, colors, and magical drawing. This fragment amplifies this extraordinary rug types’ beautiful enigmas.


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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.