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 Name: Oia

Size: 7.4 x 10.3

Age: Antique

Pile: Low with patina throughout and we are securing the fringe all by hand, as well as the areas of binding that need it.  Keeping all of its original look intact, but practical so you don't have to worry about it unraveling.  

About: Well, what can I say - this is without a doubt in the top 3 most beautiful Northwest pieces I've ever seen in my life.  I've named this piece after an image of a city I saw recently that I can't get out of my head.  I saw the most sensational picture of a small village called Oia, in Greece, where the colors of the sunset with how the rays bounced off the lighter-colored homes, mixed with the lights from the village and of course the thousand shades of blue waters that surround it all - absolutely jaw-dropping.  This image captured the watermelon, coral, terracotta hues in this piece with the airy softer, and darker blues so perfectly to me.  On top of that, this piece reminds me of calming and mellow times, all while somehow maintaining a pulse of energy - it is so counterintuitive, that it is truly one of my favorite pieces of all time.  I can't even begin to imagine what the weavers had in their minds before weaving this rug.  Did they realize how unbelievably beautiful it would become? Did they know that these watermelon hues would turn out so incredible, and how the variations of sky-icy blues with darker lake blues would work so effortlessly with the rest of the colors? They must have known - but then again, the most beautiful art in the world comes from the moments of improvision and uncertainty.  Hence the incredible bands of abrash that jet through each section as if someone planned it all along - but of course, that wasn't the case - which makes it that much more magical.  Organic, unfolding of nature the way it was always intended right before the weaver's very eyes - this is what this art is truly about.  The weavers themselves staying within the realm of the iconic Medallion design but were unruled by any laws when it came to color.  Deep charcoal blackish hues in the medallion act as the anchor to pull us in, only to slowly let us go soften up in the coolest blues and sensational teals / blue-greens.  All the seafoam and almost muted Saphire colors were also indeed derived from not only the indigo plant, but perhaps some saffron as well, or even pear leaves to offer us the unusual greenish notes.  Highly stylized zig-zag motifs flank the field inspired by the very mountains that surround these artisans, and not to mention the flared jagged-leaf motifs that stand like Zorastian flames - which very well could have been influenced by these motifs.  The piece itself is well balanced with the number of filler motifs playfully in the field of the rug, but still, there is plenty of negative space throughout to add just the right amount of canvas to show - highlighting each vine, leaf, palmette, and geometric motif as if it's the only one.  Strong finials jet out of the medallion for a bit of structure while the rest play unchaperoned throughout. And although we've seen the iconic Serapi border so many times in pieces from this village, for some reason in this piece it looks like we're looking at it for the first time!! So crisp, so clean, so charming with its nomadic nuances from the weavers.  The choice of colors in this rug is next level - playful, bohemian, effortless, glowing, fresh, organic, and raw - it is all-encompassing.  Everything you want in an antique tribal piece.  A real treat for the eyes, a rug lover's rug, a design lover's piece, and a happy person's textile.  I look at this rug and Optimism keeps popping up in my mind.  A very happy rug with positivity radiating off of it.  I would put this piece in my own home, somewhere where people gather for all to enjoy, and equally for us to soak up this rug's energy.  Some pieces you can just feel when they are in the room, this is one of them.  If you don't believe me or if that sounds silly, that's fine, but you'll see what I mean when you walk into the room this piece is in.  Every single time this piece will greet you, JUST WAIT AND SEE.  People think I am making this stuff up, you are in for a treat.  The piece itself is about a century old, possibly C. 1925, certainly around the first quarter of the 20th century.  Fantastic patina and age-related wear.  This rug has seen lives beyond your wildest imagination.  This character-rich patina is a testament to its toughness and its resilience; and even after nearly 100 years, no holes, no rips or tears etc.  Everything is intact and solid.  We have done what we always do for pieces I'm absolutely obsessed with - we have secured the fringe by hand to keep its original look but prevent it from unraveling, and we have also hand-bound the binding areas that needed attention to bring it back to its original sides as best as possible.  I am an absolute PUREST when it comes to these pieces, never would I trade in the rugs originality for perfection - this piece looks like it ought to, but we've secured it from a functional standpoint so the next owner will cherish and love this piece to bits for decades and literally generations to come as this is the EXACT piece to be handed down to friends or family at some point.  Legacy pieces, indeed.  Anyone that sees this piece will love it for it's beauty and colors, but I hope the one that ends up acquiring in sees the sincere energy it carries within it as well.  

This rug is one-of-a-kind, only one in the world, no others are available.

Because of the nature and age of these older/antique handmade pieces, irregularities and age-related wear are likely to exist and are not considered defects. 

Any questions about this rug? Don't hesitate to reach out!

We always recommend a high-quality custom cut pad for any and all rugs; these pads are made for hand-knotted rugs. They create a body and support the knots of the rug, as well as prevent it from slipping and sliding.

A note from us to you: Buying a rug is special; it's not just you finding the rug, but also the rug finding you. Think about the many coincidences that have to occur for you to find the rug of your dreams. Our rugs are woven by nomads in the villages and remote mountainous regions of the major rug weaving districts across the world. All of our rugs are genuinely old and one-of-a-kind. Like anything old and unique, they are filled with character, soul, and story. The story of a rug is something we think about a lot; who was the weaver(s)? Did they weave it for personal use, commerce, to gift, or trade? Who was the second owner, and the third!? Sometimes the little motifs and symbols in rugs can help tell the story, but we will never truly know - there's something beautiful about that. Alas, our joy is to curate these incredible pieces that speak to us, and to pass them along to their new owners to be enjoyed and cherished for many years to come; both continuing to add to the story of the rug, and to the story of the new owners.

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