Continuing the Discourse of Shakespeare and Rugs

Posted on August 21st, 2013 by Joshua Kebabian

IMG_0860Kebabian’s Oriental Rugs is thrilled once again to support The Elm Shakespeare Company and their continuing commitment to establish a discourse with the New Haven community through the medium of Shakespeare’s plays.  This year the company will be performing Shakespeare’s, ‘Julius Caesar’ from August 15-September 1st at 8 pm in Edgerton Park, New Haven.

This fine Kazak was woven by Turkmen women in northern Afghanistan using naturally dyed local handspun wool.  It measures 5 x 6.9.  “Kazak” means “rough-rider” and describes a race of restless, roaming, troublesome people.  It is the original of the familiar name Cossack.  Even though they adopted more sedentary lives settling around Mt. Ararat and Lake Goktcha; the independent spirit of their ancestors continues in their rug designs.

c5f9dd_ee0a5803dd02c3f4cefc82f8e9d951d3.jpg_srz_460_695_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzThe primitive and bold Kazak has a rich red field which contains detached free-floating geometrical elements, including the whimsical design for a milk churn. Got cheese? The unusual and intriguing medallion with a sawtooth border suspended across the length of the red field solidly anchors the carpet to the floor with the classic eight-pointed star as the focal point.

The vibrant colors and perfect balance of the Kazak radiate an energetic and playful vibe.

This item will be available at the gala live auction only!

If you’re interested in supporting the important work of The Elm Shakespeare Company or attending the gala where this striking carpet will be part of the live auction, go to:

Sources:  Oriental Rugs, John Kimberly Mumford & Oriental Rugs, Walter A. Hawley.

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