Posted by Pat Weiler on November 19, 1998 at 22:09:00:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Color vs Graphics in This Khamseh posted by Irwin Kirsch on November 19, 1998 at 11:28:04:
: : 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.
Looking at how this rug compares to classical carpets is like comparing jazz to classical music. One can like and appreciate both. This rug is like a Thelonious Monk/Sonny Rollins colorful/jarring interpretation of the traditional regional style. The Ardebil is Beethoven's ninth played by the New York Philharmonic.
This rug one could lounge in a leather recliner with a glass of single-malt scotch and enjoy. The Ardebil would take dressing up in a tuxedo and pouring a California chardonnay. :-)
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