The Salon du Tapis d'Orient is a moderated discussion group in the manner of the 19th century salon devoted to oriental rugs and textiles and all aspects of their appreciation. Please include your full name and e-mail address in your posting.
by Sam Gorden
Recently, I came across a poem by John Keats which moved me.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health
And quiet breathing.
Keats inspired me. I am certain that those of us who collect these weavings must have, at least, one in the
collection which induces these sentiments. As in my case, it is probably placed so that you may view it regularly.
Everytime you pass, it demands your attention and a warm, pleasurable emotional reaction takes place. YOU LOVE IT! This has nothing to do with its current market value, the perfection or lack of it entailed in its creation, its rarity, etc. There is something about its colors, their relations to each other and the rug's design which speak to you and lift your spirits. You congratulate yourself and thank Lady Luck for the opportunity to own it.
In my own instance, as a collector of Oriental tribal rugs, I always put aesthetic values above all other considerations. This enables me to enjoy many of our rugs. In short, I hope to start a series in which our participants will publicize the piece in their collection which gives them this joy and discuss those of its characteristics which attract them.
To start, I present an early 19th century Chinese mat which graces the table in our dinette. For me, I find the "hidden design," unique to the Chinese, of the mat most attractive. At first it is not apparent. However, as one continues to look, it emerges. To me, the dark blue, light blue of the abstract dragons in the corners is an artistic triumph. Nevertheless, it is the combination of colors and design which is so appealing. I'm so happy that we have it and the pleasure it brings.