Posted by Steve Price on November 18, 1998 at 08:57:35:
In Reply to: Khamseh drawing room posted by Wendel Swan on November 15, 1998 at 20:38:40:
I've never seen this sort of monochrome vs. color image comparison made on a rug before, and I find it a very interesting and novel way of looking at things. On the other hand, if it's true that the three most important things about a rug are (in order of importance)
3. colour (as a concession to the British and those committed to their peculiar form of English)
we have to be very careful how we use it. Like nuclear energy, there is potential for both good and bad in it.
Wendel's final aesthetic reaction, that he likes it very much despite the demonstrable flaws (as do I), also reminds me of something I learned as a young man. It is that there are people who perceive things more or less in toto, as a gestalt, and others who pay more attention to individual features. I tend to be a gestalt-perceiver, and can almost never describe someone's features to another. I hope I'm never asked to help a police artist prepare a sketch, because I'd be useless. To get back to the point of all this, I wonder whether there are people who react mostly to the gestalt of a rug, others who focus more on details.
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