Landing on a Kebabian Carpet
Gives One Pause
A Kebabian Carpet, Always Pleasing to the Eye, Satisfying to the Mind
by the way…fully functional!
The “EVOLVED” Afghan Serapi design carpet measures 9 x 11.2. This Serapi was hand-knotted in northern Afghanistan by Turkmen women using vegetally dyed, Ghazni wool over a period of 5-6 months.
“EVOLUTION” OF RUGS
“Rugs impart richness and represent refinement. Since the days when ancient people first lay down to sleep wrapped in the skins of animals, the human intelligence has quickened, and as the race has become more civilized, rugs have gradually taken the place of skins. The blending of colors in harmony as to please the eye and satisfy the mind.”
“Weavers with a limited education dwelling among humble surroundings had Nature as their instructor. The rare shadings and varied designs are excellent imitations of the forms and hues of the natural world. The weavers have intuitively grasped what is correct in color from the works of nature surrounding them. We reap the benefit in the rich specimens of their art.” Rosa Belle Holt, Oriental & Occidental Rugs.
Today’s skilled artisans still follow the tried & true method of making beautiful carpets by using nature as inspiration. We continue to “reap the benefit in the rich specimens of their art.”
The “EVOLVED” Serapi color palette is easy on the eye, the design is charming and stimulating. The simple medallion sweetly “buttons” down the charming piece which is blooming with life & a happy energy. Ü
The fresh, satiny “TERRACE” Tibetan measures 9 x 12. This spectacular piece was hand-woven in Nepal by local weavers using Himalayan wool and real silk, the ratio is 50% wool, 50% silk.
Like velvety moss, the ivory silk peacefully creeps over the grey terrace. The soft color palette creates a calming and soothing atmosphere, while the artist’s “uncontrolled” use of creamy silk throughout the piece brings spontaneity. This unlikely coupling of quiet and “chaos” bring interest to the subtle, yet exquisite Tibetan, “Pleasing to the Eye & Satisfying to the Mind.”
The AUSPICIOUS “NIMA METOK” Tibetan hanging in WINDOW LEFT measures 9 x 12.3. This piece was woven in Nepal by local weavers over a period of six months using vegetally dyed, handspun, blended Himalayan and New Zealand wools. The all-natural lush wools warmly welcome bare feet.
The sunflower or “Nima Metok” design is a traditional Tibetan design. The Sunflower represents good luck and is considered very auspicious. The artist thoughtful design fills the rich blue field with spring green sunflowers set in a balanced and whimsical pattern. The tendrils bring movement and life to the piece.
The subtle color palette peacefully grounds a space while the playful design brings in a happy energy.
Take your shoes off, rest and think happy thoughts on an absolutely charming and auspicious Kebabian carpet. ü
The ENCHANTING Heriz hanging in WINDOW RIGHT measures 8.10 x 11.6. This delightful piece was hand-knotted by Hazara women in northern Afghanistan using handspun vegetally dyed wool over of 7-8 months. Producing a “Fully Functional, Uniquely Beautiful” piece of art which will endure requires time. The end result is always well worth it!
“Craftsmanship isn’t like water in an earthen pot,
to be taken out by the dipperful until it’s empty.
No, the more drawn out the more remains.”
Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer
The unusual color palette includes rose, madder red, slate blue, navy, pale yellow, ivory and a splendid laurel green. The artist’s decision to utilize two shades of red as the dominant colors of the piece works fabulously.
The inner madder red field is unusual. Close examination reveals scorpion tails, which represent knowledge, emerging into the medallion and emanating out towards the ivory field. The ivory outer field breathes in air while beautifully framing the warm red field. The primitive forms of flowers and vines create an inescapable charm.
The human touch is unmistakable.
Like a handmade quilt, “the real” in a lovely hand-knotted carpet,
peacefully envelops the space with a warmth, beauty and charm. ü
The lovely “antique finish” Agra hanging in WINDOW LEFT measures 8.10 x 12.3. This piece was hand-knotted in northern Afghanistan by ethnic Turkmen women over a period of 11-12 months using handspun vegetally dyed, local Ghazni wool.
The city of Agra contains the most perfect jewel of Islamic art in India, the renowned Taj Mahal (one of the Seven Wonders of the World). The construction of the Taj Mahal and the creation of this exquisite Agra pattern took place during the Mughal period. The caliber of design during this time remains unrivaled.
The classic color palette, for these pieces include delicate shades of blue, green and fawn. The artist’s use of a rich earthy brown thoughtfully grounds and adeptly elucidates the piece’s refined motifs of soft blues, ivories and pale greens. The backdrop of spring green creates a refreshing ambiance. The artist’s design dating back to the 1600’s endures in a glorious fashion:
“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams and health,
and quiet breathing. “
The stellar Afghan Suzani hanging in WINDOW RIGHT measures 9 x 12.3. This piece was hand-knotted in northern Afghanistan by ethnic Uzbek women over a period of 7-8 months using handspun, vegetally dyed, local Ghazni wool.
The color palette of madder red, coral and charcoal radiates; the citron, gold, and kelly green keep it fresh, while the ivory and pale blue bring in air and add a lightness to the piece.
The enchanting Suzani is comprised of two designs: one representing the heavens, the other the earth. The heavenly design consists of big red flowers, referred to as “orbs”, think orbit. The flowers symbolize the sun, moons and stars. The earthly design is a “Chor-chirog”design, which signifies Sacred Fire. In this charming motif, four oblong palmettes, called “bodoms” branch out from a central flower. The bodoms symbolize fertility and life. The “Sacred Fire” has an expurgatory power, which removes bad thoughts and preserves the good energy.
The artist’s charming, balanced and lively design (from heaven above and earth below) elevates and grounds a space with a happy energy
“It was one of those happy days that God grants us sometimes on earth
to give us an idea of the bliss of heaven.”
Johann David Wyss.