Mesmerizing, All-over Antique Rug Design Creates Connection With Folk Art Tradition Within Contemporary Environment
In this astonishingly evocative Malayer carpet, repeating, ancient motifs instill a contemplative, quiet atmosphere that nevertheless shows a rich inner world redolent with countless slight variations and creative combinations of harmonious color. In an effect familiar to many who live with outstanding 19th century carpets, all natural features present resonate with the carpet: trees, natural light, and the hills outside each share a common context. The angular, simply expressed beam construction of this contemporary country home reveals a similar impulse in both architect and weaver, as each sought a direct approach to the essential. The female figure in the sculpture appears to be winnowing seeds in front of the allover expanse of stylized boteh (“Seed of Life”), creating a harmonious connection with age-old folk practices and the simple cycle of life that are universal to those who live in contact with nature.