ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART IV
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
Previous

14. 
kilim
karadakh area
northwest persia
circa 1850
265 x 122 cm (88 x 4)


Notes: weft faced plain weave in wool on wool warps
A highly graphic flatweave of minimal aesthetic, this Karadakh kilim is composed of a golden yellow open field which is flanked on each side by rows of dark purple half lozenges with stepped outlines. Yellow and purple are on the opposite side of the colour spectrum and, as such, have a complementary relationship to one another. It is not by chance that weavers often employ them together, since the combination elicits a strong sense of balance - a sort of chromatic ying/yang. Here, the slightly offset design imparts a visual dynamic to the piece, imbuing it with a strong sense of movement and abstraction.

 



Previous

Back to: Upper Exhibition

Back to: Alberto Levi Gallery