The radiating Persian Gabbeh displayed in WINDOW LEFT measures 8.6 x 11. It was hand-knotted in southwest Iran by Kashkuli women, using handspun, vegetally dyed natural wool from their own sheep.
“For Irish-born Clodagh, oriental and decorative rugs are a natural extension of her design philosophy, which emphasizes objects and surfaces that are pure and typically hand-made with organic materials. ‘I was ‘green’ long before the term even existed!’ she exclaims.”Handmade rugs are produced using human energy, which is renewable.’ The Decorative Carpet by Alix G. Perrachon.
The word Gabbeh comes from the Persian meaning; raw, natural and uncut. Gabbehs are noted for their basic and primitive design, which often incorporate the rectangle. The artist’s design includes stripes of varying shades of red (brick, crimson, wine, auburn, etc.). Some of these stripes have a sprinkling of tan confetti. Others stripes include a wide band of open ended rectangles. The artist’s clever employment of the rectangle produces a radiating energy. As a result, this really “cool” Gabbeh sizzles!
The fresh as spring Bakshayesh in WINDOW RIGHT measures 8.9 x 11.4. This charming piece was woven in northern Afghanistan by Turkmen women using handspun vegetally dyed local wool and given an antique finish.
The artist’s design reflects a rich history, which effortlessly bursts into the present with life, energy and a quiet order. The Bakshayesh employs a simple palette of yellow, blue, ivory and brown in a sophisticated fashion creating a piece that draws your eye to its symmetry, subtlety and beauty. The use of shadows draws you in for a closer look to examine all the intricate and lovely details.
The twin guard borders surrounding the main border incorporate a simple leaf pattern and a charming flower chain. The main border utilizes the same elements as its surrounding guard borders, but on a larger scale creating an orderly and peaceful effect.
The tree design in the main field built upon a lovely sky blue backdrop is magnificent! Cone-shaped Cyprus trees representing immortality and pear trees representing abundance are set between the bent willow branches, which appear as fences. The willow represents meditation or prayer. Throughout the field are floral elements portraying the paradise to come.
The thoughtful and intricate use of design and color in this Bakshayesh create a peaceful and elegant ambiance that is welcoming and settling in this busy world. “Only when the clamor of the outside world is silenced will you be able to hear the deeper vibration. Listen carefully.” Sarah Ban Breathnach This lovely piece beckons you out from the hustle and bustle to rest and reflect.
The Decorative Carpet by Alix G. Perrachon & Oriental Rugs by Walter A. Hawley