Originally Posted by Patrick Weiler
And whomever bought this Pearl
Carpet of Baroda will likely have the finest bejeweled masterpiece
of that type in the entire world.
digging up an old topic on my first post, and may even get slammed....
Thought I would add my two cents here. While not exactly up my alley, the
"rug"/"carpet" undoubtedly is a masterpiece. I was surprised it did not
exceed the hammer $ it sold @.
One of the most beautiful elements
to a traditional [Oriental] rug is that the weaving itself is a work in
motion: Oblique weaving here, lazy stitch there.... Knots are malleable,
as is the structure to a degree. The weaving process is somewhat
forgiving, despite the nature of an otherwise rigid loom.
Conversely, imagine doing the same with pearls of fixed diameter,
irregular shape. An "awkward" material input, the Pearl carpet proves
nothing short of a mathematical feat: Few gaps, highly intricate and
ornate, demonstrating a complex understanding of both design and
execution. Extraordinarily symmetrical.
While I have no experience
with diamonds and precious stones, it seems apparent that each cast bezel
appropriately conforms to the shape of the diamonds within, alluding to
careful planning and specific "destination" for each.
By no means
am I alluding that this example is any better than an Oriental rug.
However, I have seen this piece stir up some controversy.
Weiler above brings up an interesting point which I was not completely
clear about myself. After thoroughly reviewing the catalogue from
Sotheby's, it seemed as though sisters of this example may exist?
P.S. If I am not mistaken, I believe the carpet shown above may be
of the Nain variety. Although not Persian, and lacking traditional
medallion and more full Eslimi's typical to Nain rugs, this was also my
immediate association with the Pearl Carpet despite its origin.
All the best,