Trans Caucasus, c. 1885

This design known as “The Leshgai Star” is an evocative demonstration of the power of Caucasian weavings. This fragment serves as an outstanding example of how a piece from its mother rug can function independently as a meaningful art statement. Within this expanding form is centered a small single octagon, profoundly still, but radiating constant energy. The exploding outer form plays with the field, creating layered depth and positive and negative relationships. Notice in this piece’s corners the depictions of saddled fantastic animals. The Leshgai Star pulls the viewer into the mysterious cosmos it has created. For those who look, this fragment is full of magic.


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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.