ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART IV
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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36. 
open field carpet
oulmes
middle atlas
morocco
circa 1940
274 x 200 cm (9 x 67)


Notes: berber knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
The weaver here invented a way to create a pattern within an open field by alternating rows of knots in a shade of lilac red with rows of orange red. This close colour juxtaposition imparts an appealing dynamic to the design, where the eye is constantly taken back and forth between the two layers of the pattern. The painterly quality of tribal rugs such as this one is a true act of artistic individuality, destined to be anonymously attributed to a highly gifted Berber woman.

 



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