*All of our antique & vintage rugs are professionally cleaned prior to being listed.*
Size: 9.2 x 12
Pile: Low with patina
About: When it comes to pieces from the Northwest mountains, there are few things that set these pieces apart, mainly being design and color. This piece is named after one of my favorite authors because Ernest Hemmingway lived a hell of a life, filled with experience, success, failure, moments of greatness, and moments of suffering. This seems to often resonate with the life of an author, artist, and/or entrepreneur. The journey is beautiful, and when we are at the height of our greatness, it is important to remember the mistakes, failures, and hiccups along the way. This piece is at the height of the weaver(s) greatness; I look at this rug and am immediately reminded that this master artist/weaver must have had a hell of a journey to be able to weave something so magnificent. When you see rugs from this region with vines and linear motifs with movement that seems to sprawl or flow through, it is not only unusual, but a little courageous to do. You often see this in rugs that are hundreds of years old from these parts, meaning the weaver truly was inspired by the even older versions of these pieces. It means the weaver had an artistic direction and was woven heavily from the heart. You can see that when you look at this rug. There are similar rugs from the same village/region, but this style of rug is a dime a dozen, that's why when we come across pieces that stand out, we acquire them right away; they speak to us. For us, there is an instant connection, the way a painting speaks to an art enthusiast, or a song speaks to a song-writer. And even for us meer admirers of art and rugs, given the arbitrary nature of art, if something speaks to you then that should be enough to consider it, even more, to acquire for your home, space, and/or collection. What rug you buy and put in your space says more about you than anything else. The colors of this piece are tangerine, blues, teals, rose, salmon, navy/indigo, blush, antique beige, teal, blue-green, and more. These are natural vegetable dyes that have been toned down with a process using the sun and other methods to create this incredible subtle and rustic look with a rich and beautiful depth to it. This piece is genuinely old, woven around the 1920-30s and every bit an artistic dream.
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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