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SOLD | True Antique Rug | 8.10 x 11.6 | Mystical All-Encompassing and Unusually Beautiful Antique Rug | Athena


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*All of our antique & vintage rugs are professionally cleaned prior to being listed.*

Name: Athena

Size: 8.10 x 11.6

Age: Antique

Pile: Low with patina

About: I've named this after the Godness of Wisdom for a reason - this piece reminds me of the all-compassing sun as the middle motif acts as the sun where the rest of the rug acts as the universe and created, blooming, and blossomed around it. Not the rug is not perfectly symmetrical, which is, of course, exactly what you want in old nomadic art like this. Natural color shifts called abrash run through in its randomness, or is it? Was it the weaver telling the world and the onlooker that each shift in color was a shift in dimension? Was the weaver trying to transcend her life through these mystical weavings and subliminal messages? The meanings behind these unanswered questions will always be up for debate, but the beauty in these colors we can all agree on - appearances of mint green, slate blue, midnight blue, rich indigo, deep chocolate, army green, soft camel and khaki, subtle mocha, undyed antique beige, and so many more all streaming through this subtle rusty-salmony-apricot field and deep indigo border. Needless to say, this rug is truly one of one from design to amount of colors. This must have been dyed by a master dyer of colors and the artistic eye and heart of the weaver was something very special. Search the world for another piece similar and I don't think you'll have luck - true art. 

This rug is one-of-a-kind, only one 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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