Posted by Irwin Kirsch on November 19, 1998 at 11:28:04:
In Reply to: Re: Color vs Graphics in This Khamseh posted by Yon Bard on November 19, 1998 at 07:58:56:
: I think the clutter is part of what makes this rug charming; if we removed it we'd just get a boring piece with 'uninspired' design. Besides, while everybody pays lip service to spacious design, some of the most admired carpets (the Ardabil, for example, and many of those Mughal masterpieces) hardly have an inch of open space.
: Regards, Yon
While I agree that in some tribal or village rugs, the extemporaneous insertion of a minor motiff or filler does indeed add to its charm, we are not comparing apples to apples with the classical carpets. The latter, being curvilinear in design, creates an almost continuous pattern in the field and the fineness of weave and hence design, creates a pleasant aesthetic to which crowding is not as readily noticed or undesirable. In the tribal or village pieces, the geometric motiffs are discrete and disjointed (for lack of a better word), and removing motiff(s) or filler(s) can actually improve its visuals.
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