The formidable Persian Bijar hanging in WINDOW LEFT measures 8.6 x 11.6. This awe-inspiring piece was hand-knotted in western Iran by Kurdish women using vegetally dyed, handspun, local mountain sheep wool creating a treasure trove of rich colors: madder red, burnt sienna, gold, various blues – sky blue, robin egg, and navy, ivory, rose, tan and more.
The Bijar is rightly named the “iron rug of Persia”. Classic Bijar rugs have “an exceptional depth of foundation, from which emerge a short, sharp, erect pile and clarity of pattern that high and overlapping pile never produces. Bulk is the result of the insertion of extra weft, called filling, between the rows of knots, and compactness the result of hard hammering with extra-heavy mallets, Arthur Urbane Dilley .” The Bijar exemplifies heavy duty!
The deep navy field has a lattice-work pattern bursting with clusters of flowers. The sky blue which fills the main border has a lovely abrash giving an ideal backdrop for the repeating pattern of the dense and lush peony design representing power and the geometrical form of a palmette allowing the sky blue to beautifully breathe around the gorgeous, lush garden design.
The stunning Suzani hanging in WINDOW RIGHT was hand-knotted in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan by Turkmen women using handspun vegetally dyed local wool from Ghazni and silk from Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The tan backdrop fabulously sets off the warm reds, moss greens, blues, ivory and browns. The artist’s design conveys a happy vibe.
Dr. Elmira Gyul of the Fine Arts Institute In Uzbekistan states that “Suzani drawings are the image of an ideal universe, unity of magic and beauty.” In this “ideal universe” the central motif is Chor-chirog, “light”, which represents the Sacred Fire worshipped in ancient times. The Chor-chirog consists of branch-patterns pointed out from the center in four directions. In this stunning motif four oblong palmettes, “bodoms” branch out from the central sunflower. The sunflower represents good luck and longevity. The “bodom” or almond -shaped motif symbolizes fertility and life. Light fixtures or Chor-Chirog (instilled with the expurgatory power of Fire) were installed near entrances to ensure that all who enter left the bad thoughts out and kept the good energy in!
The elements of Oriental carpets empower and enhance the space where they land. What better way to build a home where all that enter thrive, than to lay a foundation with a Kebabian carpet!
Oriental Rugs and Carpets, Arthur Urbane Dilley