For the curious old souls out there that are forever craving to expand the horizons of their knowledge, capacity, and appreciation - one MUST look into the source of this art-form before truly having the ability to unlock the appreciation it deserves...
Do you see this picture? Believe it or not, this is a rug. It is a Persian Tabriz, woven with pure lamb wool and even silk highlights in her ring. This piece was woven in one of the best rug weaving cities on the face of the earth. The reason I acquired this piece for my personal collection, is two-fold.
- First, it reminds me of my great grandmother - she looks almost exactly like her.
- Second, it is a reminder of what the faces of the nameless artisans that weave these pieces look like. It is a constant reminder of what grit, determination, dedication, and humility looks like. We see this image several times a day at our studio and it is always a reminder of whom we have the immense pleasure of working for as we transcend their art into the homes and hearts of our customers for decades, and even generations as they pass them down to their children, family or friends. We are nothing but a messenger for these weavers, artists, and masters - honoring them is the heartbeat of our business and always at the forefront of our ethos.
I hope you see in her face, her eyes, and her soul the very essence that she pours into her art with her fingers one small knot at a time - absolute pure love.