BOR Sketchbook
11'9" by 5'6"

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BOR Sketchbook
11'9" by 5'6"

4,400.00

The minimalism of tribal art in an exquisite old rug. Berber knots of almond and charcoal have worn to a patina that shows first and foremost the quality of local wool. Now a low pile, they allow the simple, graphic motif to show. A large lozenge field is scattered with symbols, most notably the welcome of a teapot and protection of snakes, long a male symbol. An open composition defined by negative space reads like a modern drawing. But it also references, knowingly or not, the ancient rock carvings thought to be the basis for Berber symbolic language. Thus, as a piece of art, it occupies an important space not between primitive and modern, but as an example of the more contemporary co-existence of both within Berber art. With wear indicative of its age that does not detract from its beauty.

MATERIAL – Wool

DIMENSIONS – 11’9" by 5'6"  (measurement without fringe) 

ORIGIN – Vintage Beni Ourain, Middle Atlas

 

 

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